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COVID-19 in São Paulo: A doctor on the frontline in Brazil's epicenter

Brazil, South America's largest economy, has largely been unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic as it spreads through the nation. Tens of thousands are sick as populist President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the disease as "fantasy." Bolsonaro accused mayors who have imposed lockdown as "falling into a state of panic," and he recently fired his widely popular health minister (the Dr. Tony Fauci of Brazil).


GZERO World spoke to Dr. Álvaro Furtado, an infectious disease specialist working in São Paulo, the epicenter of the country's outbreak, about the challenges of caring for the throngs of sick patients, the need for more supplies and hospital beds, and the reasons why Brazil is anecdotally seeing only a 50-60% compliance rate on "stay at home" policies.

Hear Dr. Furtado's story from the frontline in São Paulo, watch the GZERO World episode on how to end the coronavirus pandemic with Dr. Larry Brilliant, and listen to Ian Bremmer's extended interview with Dr. Brilliant on the GZERO World Podcast.

Urbanization may radically change not only the landscape but also investors' portfolios. Creating the livable urban centers of tomorrow calls for a revolution in the way we provide homes, transport, health, education and much more.

Our expert guests will explore the future of cities and its implications for your wealth.

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In a national referendum on Sunday, Chileans overwhelmingly voted in favor of a new constitution. But, why are people in this oasis of political stability and steady economic growth in South America willing to undo the bedrock of the system that has allowed Chile to prosper for so long?

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Ian Bremmer's Quick Take:

Hi, everybody. Ian Bremmer here. This is the last week before elections, have only lasted for two years, cost billions of dollars. We're sick of it. We're ready. We're ready to get past this. What do we think is going to happen?

Well, let's be clear. Biden is way ahead, and it's hard for incumbents to lose. They tended to win in the United States. They need to be unpopular and unlucky to lose, but Trump does seem to be checking both of those boxes. He's never been enormously popular. He has a pretty narrow base that is very strongly supportive of him, some 38 to 42% back and forth, but a narrow band, which has been pretty consistent for most of them the last four years, but he's also been massively unlucky. Unlucky, how?

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We live on an (increasingly) urban planet. Today, for the first time in human history, more than half of the world's population (55 percent) lives in cities. By 2050, that figure will rise to more than two-thirds, with close to 7 billion people living in urban areas. Cities have always been centers of opportunity, innovation, and human progress. But they are also often on the front lines of the major political and social challenges of the day. Here are three areas in which that's true right now.

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Just days from the election, Trump and Biden compete for the last three undecided voters in America. #PUPPETREGIME

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