In the decision, Judge Ângela Catão said that the Judiciary cannot interfere in administrative decisions and that measures taken previously already damage the economy. Thus, the judge determined the suspensive effect of the injunction given the day before.
“Such emergency measures, which aim to prevent the collapse of the national health system and ensure the preservation of lives, are already having extremely damaging consequences on the economy,” she pointed out.
Judge Kátia Balbino, of the 3rd Federal Court of Brasília, had decided yesterday that the Federal District would partially close some areas of commerce again to combat the spread of covid-19.
According to the decision, the measure would take effect on Thursday (1st) and should prevail until the occupancy of beds in intensive care units (ICUs) available in the public network is between 80% and 85%. In addition, the ICU bed waiting list for patients with covid-19 should be under 100 people.
The governor of DF, Ibaneis Rocha (MDB), then decided to appeal the decision.
The updated data from the covid-19 panel today show that the DF registers 5,913 deaths due to covid-19. The total number of cases of the new coronavirus in the DF reached 343,422.
The restriction measures announced by the government of the Federal District at the end of February reached activities considered non-essential, with the closing of shopping malls, commerce in general, cinema, theater, bars and restaurants, which can only work with delivery. Initially, the governor had also closed schools, but a week later, educational establishments and gyms were allowed to resume activities. Masses and religious services were also released, as well as activities considered essential, such as medical and dental clinics, pharmacies.
There were protests and even President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party), who, at the time, made a comparison when referring to the curfew decreed by Ibaneis to contain the transmission of the coronavirus. “Such an extreme measure, only I, the President of the Republic, and the National Congress, could take,” said the Chief Executive.
The Federal District was the first unit of the Federation to impose restrictions, shortly after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the coronavirus crisis was considered a pandemic, even last year.
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