With the risk of a 3rd wave of Covid, the Justice of Amazonas determined, this Wednesday (7), that the state government and the Manaus City Hall enter into an agreement to carry out mass testing of the population.
Judge Etelvina Lobo Braga determined that representatives of the government and the city hall should be summoned to participate in a hearing with researchers and experts on the subject, on April 22, to outline strategies.
This week, Governor Wilson Lima said that the state is preparing for the “worst case scenario” and that there is no doubt that there will be a new outbreak of the disease.
The Secretary of State for Health, Marcellus Campêlo, was even more specific. For him, based on Covid’s dynamics in Europe, it is possible that the third wave will start in Amazonas in 60 days.
Neither authority has submitted technical data to substantiate the claims. Covid’s first wave in Amazonas took place between April and May 2020, and the second wave was between January and February this year.
As of Tuesday (6), more than 12,100 people had died with Covid in Amazonas.
In the decision, the Court partially complied with the Public Defender’s request for local authorities to define details of the mass testing of the population.
“This is based on the alerts of researchers and technicians who are following the pandemic. Including the state governor himself, who has been alerting the population that this may happen,” he said.
For researcher Pedro Hall, testing the population is an important resource for determining public policies aimed at combating Covid.
“Testing is not important for us to count cases. Testing is important for us to identify cases early and prevent these people from transmitting the disease,” he explained.
This Tuesday, the president-director of the Health Surveillance Foundation (FVS-AM), Cristiano Fernandes, stressed that the government has been testing in the public network and that it can adopt other strategies if necessary.
“We have tested, on a weekly basis, about 25 thousand people across the state. New technologies, new strategies, obviously will be adopted, according to the epidemiological profile that we have faced, we have noticed in the state”, he said.
According to FVS data, in January this year, Amazonas performed an average of 1,500 RT-PCR tests per day. On February 26, 1,162 RT-PCR tests were performed. In the last days of March, there were about 100 to 400 tests daily.
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