BOGOTA, Colombia

Brazil declared a state of emergency on Friday, allowing the government to free up budgetary resources to combat the virus that has killed six people and infected 621 in the country so far. 

As criticism of his management of COVID-19 intensified, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro asked Congress to approve the government decree that declares public calamity in order to be able to spend beyond the limit of the Fiscal Responsibility Law and face the emergency situation.  

The decree, which will be valid until Dec. 31, will let the government waive fiscal targets this year. It established a congressional

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