The city of Rio de Janeiro announced on Friday the extension of restrictions adopted two weeks ago to halt the spread of covid-19, due to the high number of infections and patients in intensive care.
The mayor of the city, Eduardo Paes, affirmed, in a press conference, that “it is necessary to give a little more time, even if it is hard for companies, for those looking for a job to live”.
“The decrease in contacts between people is beginning to give results”, he declared, justifying the decision to prolong the measures enacted about two weeks ago, and that it was expected to start to be lightened from Sunday, with the continued high circulation of the virus and the occupancy rate of resuscitation beds above 90%.
Only schools will reopen on Tuesday for face-to-face classes, with non-essential commercial establishments, bars, restaurants, cinemas, museums and theaters closed for another week.
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The beaches are expected to reopen on April 19, the date on which the municipality expects to lift the curfew currently in effect between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am.
Eduardo Paes said that hospitalizations began to stabilize for the first time after several weeks.
“If there had been a more significant lowering, we would have been able to reduce the restrictions as of Monday. I want to open the beaches, the restaurants, the bars, but this decision is based on scientific data ”, he said.
Brazil, the second country with the most deaths from covid-19 in absolute numbers (321,000), in the world, after the United States, faces an unprecedented outbreak since the first case of infection with the new coronavirus appeared in late February 2020.
Hospitals are full in almost all states and the month of March was the deadliest, with the country, with 212 million inhabitants, registering more than 66,000 deaths, twice as many as those that occurred in July 2020, the worst month until then.
The State of Rio de Janeiro, which accounts for 37,000 deaths, is one of the most affected, with 215 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, against 141 nationally.
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