For the first time since December, no state has an ICU occupancy rate above 90% – Prime Time Zone

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According to Fiocruz’s Covid-19 Observatory bulletin, the downward trend in cases and deaths caused by Covid-19 was maintained for the third consecutive time

Sandro Pereira/Estadão ContentOnly five capitals have bed occupancy above 80%

For the first time since December 2020, no Brazilian state has an occupancy rate of UTI above 90%, according to the Covid-19 Observatory bulletin of the Fiocruz, released this Wednesday, 14. Only five states showed growth in the occupation of beds: Rondônia, Amazonas, Pará and Tocantins and Goiás. Only four capitals have capacity above 80%, Rio de Janeiro, São Luís, Goiânia and Brasília. According to the bulletin, the downward trend in the incidence and mortality indicators due to coronavirus was maintained in the last epidemiological week, from 4 to 10 July, for the third consecutive time. The number of cases and deaths is falling about 2% a day. The lethality rate is stable at 3%, a number that is still considered high.

According to Fiocruz researchers, the drop in the number of cases and deaths may indicate a cooling process of the pandemic in the coming months. However, the bulletin warns that the only way to improve the situation is by intensifying the vaccination campaign, the adequacy of health surveillance practices, strengthening of primary health care, in addition to the broad use of individual protection measures, such as the use of masks and physical distance. “It is important to highlight that the available vaccines have limits in relation to blocking the transmission of the virus, which continues to circulate with intensity. Vaccines are especially effective in preventing severe cases”, they reinforce.