The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has decided to cancel the traditional street parades during Carnival, the city’s mayor said Tuesday (local time).
The decision is concerned about the rapid spread of the omikron variant.
“The street carnival as held until 2020 will not take place in 2022,” Mayor Eduardo Paes said in a live broadcast distributed via social media. The traditional parade of the samba schools in the Sambadrome, which is planned for the end of February, will continue for the time being.
Also in 2021, the street carnival was cancelled due to the pandemic. However, during the 2020 street carnival, nearly 7 million people took part in the festivities.
Brazil is one of the worst affected countries globally, with about 620,000 deaths.