Monday 16 January 2017

Zika can't stop Brazil Mardi Gras

Published 09/02/2016 | 02:30

A reveller of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A reveller of the Unidos da Tijuca samba school performs during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Mardi Gras takes place in a somewhat subdued Brazil today. But despite warnings about the dangers of kissing, and extra precautions with regard to safe sex because of the threat from the Zika virus, the colourful show must go on for revellers.

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More than a million tourists are expected to come to Rio de Janeiro for the carnival, bringing in close to €700m to Rio's economy.

The hotel occupancy rate is set to hit 85pc in the city, while hotels in Recife, the city at the centre of the Zika crisis, are 93pc full.

Recife's tourism secretary said: "We are distributing pamphlets and telling people to use insect repellent and appropriate clothing."

Irish Independent

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