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Complaints to MPT grow in 2020. Pandemic accounts for almost 40%

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São Paulo – The Public Ministry of Labor (MPT) received 93,707 complaints of violations of rights in 2020. Of this total, 36,010 (38%) were related to covid-19. Thus, according to the MPT, there were almost 100 complaints per day “arising from the impacts of the new coronavirus on the world of work”. The data is still preliminary, and should be detailed in the coming days. Among the complaints are disrespect for protocol measures and provision of protective equipment.

Also according to the Public Ministry, more than 22 thousand civil inquiries were opened to investigate labor irregularities. And 9,810 (44%) were about Covid.

In addition, the MPT broke a record for recommendations: there were 21,098 last year, compared to just 2,861 in 2020. Most (63%) also focused on the pandemic, “with measures to prevent and combat the disease aimed at different professional categories , in the 13,482 recommendations sent to employers ”. There were also 153,403 orders and 195,857 notifications, letters and requests.

“This performance related to Covid-19 also resulted in 353 signed terms of conduct adjustment and 407 public civil actions filed”, informs the MPT. The Prosecutor’s Office prepared technical notes on the activities of teachers and health workers, in addition to home office, call center and domestic services, among others.

The Labor Prosecutor’s Office cites an agreement signed with the startup Rappi. The application delivery company “has pledged to adopt a series of measures aimed at protecting couriers against Covid-19, in addition to providing financial assistance to those diagnosed or who present a certificate that proves the need for social isolation.”

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil

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Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

* With Sputnik

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