MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "A state of public calamity" was declared on Friday by acting Gov. Francisco Dornelles after the southern state was hit by a "serious economic crisis," as cited by the Globo magazine.
Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor Eduardo Paes denied this prediction in a series of Twitter postings, saying that the "state of calamity declared by the Government in no way prevents it from the delivery."
The city has recently faced concerns over the Zika virus outbreak. The World Health Organization (WHO)’s chief Margaret Chan said last week that a special committee would assess whether it was safe for Rio to host the games.