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Agglomerations and disregard for rules mark the beginning of the ‘night lockdown’ in São Paulo – Prime Time Zone

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The determination, which seeks to contain the advance of Covid-19 and prevent the collapse of the health system, did not prevent the concentration of dozens of people in bohemian areas

DANILO M YOSHIOKA / FUTURA PRESS / ESTADÃO CONTENTLike the capital of São Paulo, Santo André also registered a concentration of people in bars during the night

Rafael José da Silva works in a restaurant in the West Zone of São Paulo. Shortly after midnight, anxious, the sushiman left work towards the bus stop to return home. “It is difficult to stop at 11pm and know that I am coming from the service, I can be approached thinking that I am on a spree, messing up or something. But I’m coming from work, ”he says. A large part of the streets of the São Paulo capital was empty on Friday night, 26, after 11 pm, when it started to be worth curfew across the state. However, the determination did not prevent dozens of people from flocking to bohemian areas of the city. Groups of young people were caught, drinking and talking, close to each other, without a mask. Many listened to loud music and laughed, as if it were an ordinary Friday.

The new restrictions imposed in the State of São Paulo, as well as in other regions of the country, try to stop the advance of Covid-19, which puts pressure on the health system. Currently, occupancy rates for intensive care beds are 70.8% in Greater São Paulo and 70.4% in the State. The number of hospitalized patients is 15,173, with 8,327 in the ward and 6,846 in intensive care units, according to data from this Friday. In the capital, 74% of the ICU beds and 66% of the infirmary, in the municipal network, are also occupied.

The advance of pandemic it has also worried about the situation of the private network. A survey by the Union of Hospitals found an increase of 91% in admissions for the disease. The Albert Einstein Hospital reported, also on Friday, that the occupancy of the beds reached 104%. Health secretary Jean Gorinchteyn considers the situation to be worrying. “We are increasing hospitalization rates, a 13% increase in hospitalizations in our state, mainly in intensive care units,” he said. Considering the scenario, the governor João Doria made an appeal for the population to respect the determination. “Follow the touch of restraint and the guidelines of the São Paulo Plan. It is not reasonable and there is no understanding for those who deny the seriousness of the current situation, ”he said. Despite the presence of Military Police (PM), protesters protested the new distance measures. The new restriction on circulation is valid until March 14, and non-compliance can be punished with a fine of up to R $ 10 million. A task force with 1,200 agents will reinforce the inspection of the Health Surveillance teams together with the city halls. The PM could also be used to disperse clandestine agglomerations and events.

* With information from reporter Caterina Achutti

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