Whereas Rio de Janeiro’s famend Carnival parade will go on, town will cancel its road events, which ordinarily draw thousands and thousands of revelers, the mayor stated on Tuesday, underscoring issues ignited by the Omicron coronavirus variant.

“It’s been determined: There gained’t be road carnival within the custom of the previous,” Mayor Eduardo Paes stated at a information convention.

Mr. Paes stated the parade, during which samba teams placed on elaborately choreographed exhibits in an space flanked by bleachers that seat 56,000 individuals, can be held, however with some well being precautions.

Rio canceled each the parade and the road events in 2021, when Brazil’s vaccination marketing campaign was simply getting began. Now, about two-thirds of the nation’s inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated, based on government figures compiled by Our World in Data, however infections are rising because the extremely transmissible Omicron variant, which may break by vaccine safety in some circumstances, spreads around the globe.

Common each day experiences of recent virus circumstances in Brazil have almost tripled up to now few weeks, reaching 9,855 on Tuesday, based on data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. On the nation’s peak final summer time, it was reporting greater than 70,000 circumstances a day.

Rio’s annual Carnival, thought of to be one of many largest on the planet, takes place within the weeks main as much as Ash Wednesday, the Western Christian holy day that marks the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday falls on March 2 this yr.

Rio’s Carnival custom, with its vigorous music and elaborate costumes, has endured and sometimes thrived even in troublesome instances. Brazilians have partied exhausting by wars, hyperinflation, repressive navy rule, runaway road violence and the 1918-19 influenza pandemic. Official calls to postpone Carnival in Brazil in 1892 (for sanitation causes) and 1912 (to mourn the loss of life of a nationwide hero) have been largely ignored.

In america, this yr’s Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans look like shifting ahead. They were canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic.