LatinNews Daily - 07 February 2022

In brief: Street hawkers to receive Carnival aid in Brazil

* The Rio de Janeiro municipal authorities in Brazil have announced that street hawkers who usually work during Carnival will receive a one-off benefit, to compensate for the cancellation of the official street parties in the city this year due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “Rio’s Carnival, as well as having an immense cultural and historical value, is also a vector for the city’s economic development, stimulating the economy and generating work and income for thousands of people,” said Chicão Bulhões, the city of Rio’s secretary for economic development.  “With the cancellation of street parties this year, thousands of workers will no longer have an income during this period. We hope that this benefit will help reduce the impact of the pandemic.” A one-off R$500 (US$93.9) will be paid on 18 February to the street sellers who were registered for the 2020 Carnival, an estimated 9,262 people.  

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