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More than 10 million coronavirus cases have now been reported across the world, and behind the U.S., Brazil has the second highest outbreak and death totals. With 24,052 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 1.37 million — and 58,000 deaths — the recent surge has brought on major concerns from the World Health Organization and health experts.
The crisis has taken a major toll on Brazil’s economy, with the unemployment rate rising to its highest in two years at 12.9%. The footwear industry, which is the third largest market behind the U.S. and China., has also seen significant impact.
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For Alexandre Birman, the CEO of Brazilian footwear powerhouse Arezzo & Co., adapting to recent challenges has been key. “Right now the most important thing is that our team members feel safe and supported