Brazil and South Africa hit hard by Covid-19, India celebrates Kamala Harris


In our show "Correspondence", we explore how the world is coping with the twists and turns of 2021, amid the consequences of Covid-19 and beyond. FRANCE 24 brings you a selection of original reports from our correspondents and teams around the globe.


Our reports:

>> Brazil is still grappling with soaring coronavirus infections. Only the US has a higher death toll from Covid-19. At the moment, the situation is particularly bad in the city of Manaus, which is geographically isolated and hard to import supplies to. Doctors are running out of not just beds but oxygen as well, as our correspondents report.

>> Meanwhile on the African continent, the hardest hit nation is South Africa. The government is hoping to vaccinate 70 percent of the population by the end of the year, prioritising at-risk groups including the obese. The majority of South African women are obese, as are a third of men. Our correspondents take a look at the link between obesity and the virus and its implications for the country.

>> Six years ago, El Salvador had the world's highest homicide rate. More than one in every thousand people were murdered that year. But in the last few years, the crime rate has dropped dramatically. As our team reports, it's all to do with shady deals allegedly reached between the government and some of the country’s most dangerous gangs.

>> Finally, we look at the historic events unfolding in Washington this week, but from an Indian perspective. Kamala Harris has now become not only the first woman and the first African American to hold the vice presidency, but also the first person of Indian heritage. Among the Tamil Brahmin community in south India, the news has been met with pride and excitement, as our team in Chennai report.

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