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Guarulhos mayor asks to close international airport to avert Indian coronavirus variant

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Guarulhos (SP) mayor Gustavo Henric Costa (PSB) has forwarded a request to the federal government calling for a 15-day closure of the São Paulo International Airport (GRU) in Guarulhos, the country's busiest airport. The goal is to prevent the entry of more people infected with the Indian B.1.617 coronavirus variant.

Costa sent a letter to the Chief of Staff, Ministries of Health, Justice, Infrastructure and Defense calling for the airport to be closed. In the document, the mayor argues that "with the emergence of the new Indian strain of Covid-19 . . .

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