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Long holiday does not improve social isolation rate in São Paulo – Prime Time Zone

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Data show that the capital of São Paulo reached 50% adherence to the restriction in just two days; ICU occupancy rate remains at 90%

Helena Degreas / Young PanThe evaluation of the Municipality of São Paulo is of decrease in the displacements, not specifically during the extended holiday

Monday, the 5th, was the first business day in the city of Sao Paulo since March 26, when the emergency holiday began to take effect. According to data from the intelligent monitoring of the State government, in these 11 days, only two of them did the São Paulo capital reach 50% adherence to the social isolation, among them last Sunday. Other than that, the index remained practically the same as that registered before the holiday. The evaluation of the City of São Paulo is of a decrease in commuting, not specifically during the extended holiday, but in the Emergency Phase. Data from the Traffic Engineering Company (CET) show that the average slow traffic rate fell 87% between the first and the last week of March. However, according to the Secretary of Health of São Paulo, Edson Aparecido, a slowdown in the pandemic it should only arrive in 15 days. Meanwhile, the occupancy of intensive care beds remains high, with a rate of 90%.

Another city that anticipated holidays and, at the same time, restricted more essential services was Saint Andre, in ABC Paulista. Mayor Paulo Serra (PSDB) said he already observes a relationship between the measures and the beginning of a drop in hospitalizations. “We came very close to 100%, something that we had never experienced. And as of the 27th, with these restriction measures already having an effect, we already see a reduction in the number of hospitalized people and in the occupancy rate, which today is 88% with 890 hospitalized people ”, he said. On the coast of São Paulo, city halls of Baixada Santista ended the period of lockdown, which had restrictions even on municipal transport. The evaluation of the Development Council of the Metropolitan Region of Baixada Santista it is positive. Blitz, inspections, beach closings already point to the beginning of a fall, but this week should give a better picture of the situation, says President Condesb and Santos Mayor, Rogério Santos (PSDB). “There were more than 2,000 approaches in the Baixada Santista, vehicles returned, we had fines imposed by the Municipal Guard, it was very positive. We do expect results in the slowdown, which already exists, but also soon a reduction in the ICU occupancy rate ”, he said. Rogério warns that cities should come out of the lockdown gradually. Santos, for example, will still not have supermarkets serving the public on Sundays.

* With information from reporter Carolina Abelin

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