São Paulo, the most populous Brazilian state most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, on Friday halted the economic reopening in the interior of the region, although it authorized the state capital to reopen bars, restaurants and beauty salons.
Earlier this month, the government of São Paulo began a gradual relaxation of social isolation measures adopted in March to contain the spread of the new coronavirus in the state, inhabited by about 46 million people, even as the epidemiological curve continues to rise.
In view of this scenario, before completing one month of flexibilization, five regions of the interior of São Paulo will return to the “red phase”, in which essential services can only work, after having recorded a sudden increase in cases and deaths due to Covid-19.
Thus, nine of the 20 areas in which the state of São Paulo is divided, which so far has about 260,000 infections, with almost 10,000 new cases in the last 24 hours and 14,000 deaths totaled by the disease, will remain in the most restrictive phase of the reopening plan.
In recent days, daily highs have been reached, both in number of cases and deaths, throughout the state, where the ncoronavirus egg is expanding worryingly inside, which has a smaller hospital structure than in the capital.
“Inside, as expected, we do have a very important presence and growth of the pandemic, both in number of cases, as in hospitalizations and deaths,” São Paulo Secretary of Economic Development Patricia Ellen said at a press conference.
This “expected” worsening of the crisis in the interior of São Paulo collides with the initial decision of the São Paulo authorities to place these areas in a less restrictive phase of flexibilization.
“We make decisions based on science,” advocated the governor of São Paulo, João Doria.
On the other hand, the state capital and some cities in the metropolitan region will advance phase and may reopen bars, restaurants and beauty salons.
In addition, street shops and shopping centers, which have been open since the second week of this month, will be able to extend their service hours to the public.
However, the mayor of the city of São Paulo, Bruno Covas, said that they will only enter the so-called yellow phase from July 6, and that until then will be reviewed the biosafety protocols that the beneficiary sectors should present and monitored epidemiological data.
Bruno Covas, who is sick with cancer and who contracted the new coronavirus, although he has already recovered, pointed out that the occupancy rate of intensive care in municipal hospitals is 57%.
Based on this, the mayor announced the closure of the campaign hospital set up in the pacaembú stadium, which had capacity for 200 patients with Covid-19.
The mayor also pointed out that a study conducted in the city showed that 9.5% of the city’s 12 million inhabitants have already had contact with the new coronavirus.
“The pandemic continues to exist and we continue to demand that masks be used and unnecessary crowds and travel avoided,” said Bruno Covas.
Brazil, the second country in the world with the most dead and infected, on Thursday totaled 54,971 dead and 1,228,114 people diagnosed with Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, officially registered in the country on February 26.
The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed more than 490,000 lives and affected more than 9.68 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by French news agency AFP.