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Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Marcos Correa/AFP/ Getty

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro confirmed on Tuesday he has caught Covid-19. Since the beginning of the global health emergency Mr Bolsonaro has so(...)

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, at an event at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on June 30th. Photograph: Andre Borges/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The only time during the whole of the coronavirus pandemic that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has looked genuinely shaken was during his weekly F(...)

Passengers at the Se metro station in downtown Sao Paulo. Brazil’s health ministry said recent data points to a “significant increase” in new cases of Covid-19. Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

As the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil escalates, independent efforts to map out the scale of the crisis are intensifying amid concerns official number(...)

Social distancing partitions at a pub in Dublin. Guinness has announced a new €14m fund to help Irish pubs. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Guinness has launched a €14 million fund to help Irish pubs preparing to reopen following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. The “Raising the B(...)

Fabricio Queiroz, a former political assistant of Flavio Bolsonaro, after being arrested. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty

The administration of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been left reeling after a week in which the judicial siege around it tightened significan(...)

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro: The country leads the world for daily deaths from Covid-19. The official total death toll exceeds 40,000. Photograph: Joedson Alves

Brazil’s congress has vowed to block an attempt by President Jair Bolsonaro to use the coronavirus pandemic as cover to seize control over swathes of (...)

Health staff work at  the Doctor Ernesto Che Guevara Public Hospital in Marica city, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Mauro Pimentel/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil has stopped reporting the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases and overall death toll just as it has become the global hotspot for the e(...)

Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters in Brasília  on Sunday. Photograph:  Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images

In mid-March, Brazil took what seemed to be a forceful early strike against the coronavirus pandemic. The health ministry mandated that cruises be ca(...)

Supporters of far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro taking part in a protest  in Brasilia on May 3rd. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

For thousands of Venezuelans who sought refuge in the northern Brazilian city of Boa Vista, life was already tough. Fleeing economic collapse at home,(...)

Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, has dismissed the pandemic as a “fantasy” driven by “a little flu”. Photograph:  Eraldo Peres/AP

As the pandemic hit hard early this month it overwhelmed Ecuador’s business capital, Guayaquil, now the epicentre of coronavirus in Latin America. It (...)

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