(CNN) — Carnival celebrations in Brazil have had one other setback due to a spike in Covid-19 circumstances.
In a joint assertion from their well being departments on Friday, the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro introduced the postponement of their official Carnival parades due to the unfold of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The transfer comes simply weeks after the cities canceled their casual avenue parades.
The parades had been initially scheduled between February 25 and March 5.
The official web sites of the samba faculty leagues of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro additionally present some particulars concerning the new dates.
According to the Liga SP in São Paulo, the parade will happen “during the period of Tiradentes bank holiday (April 21). Meanwhile, Liesa, Rio’s league, says the local parades will happen on April 22, 23 and 30.
The official Carnival parades in Rio and São Paulo take place in specific structures known as “Sambadromes.”
São Paulo and Rio see circumstances skyrocket
The joint assertion from the well being departments supplied numbers that indicated the sharp improve in Covid circumstances in each cities.
The final two weeks of 2021 noticed the variety of confirmed circumstances soar from 9,476 to 18,513 in São Paulo and from 1,113 to 9,752 circumstances in Rio de Janeiro from one week to the following.
In the primary week of 2022, circumstances had gone as much as 40,979 circumstances in São Paulo and 50,857 in Rio de Janeiro.
Top picture: Carnival is a long-standing custom. This picture was taken on the 2017 celebrations. (Courtesy Buda Mendes/Getty Images South America/Getty Images)