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Rio Grande do Sul, Ceará and Bahia, for example, imposed restrictive measures, such as suspension of classes, to contain the spread of infections

FABRÍCIO COSTA / FUTURA PRESS / ESTADÃO CONTENTIn Bahia, at the present time, the number of active cases is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic, with 17 thousand contaminations

In view of the growing increase in cases of coronavirus, state governments have adopted more restrictive measures to curb the spread of the disease. NThe Rio Grande do Sul, 11 regions that concentrate 68% of the population of Rio Grande do Sul are in the black phase. THEthe whole, there are already more than 6,800 deaths in the state. THE aggravation of Covid-19 caused the governor, Eduardo Leite (PSDB), suspend activities in public places between 10 pm and 5 am. THE determination begins to take effect this Saturday, the 20th, and runs until the 1st of March. According to Leite, the rule is a restriction measure, but does not constitute a curfew, for legal reasons.

“It is not a curfew, there is a legal discussion about a curfew that prevents the displacement of people. But there is a possibility without it being well known and recognized, the disposition, the possibility for the state to provide for the restriction of activities and agglomerations in public places ”, explained the governor. ANDduardo Leite highlighted the efforts to expand beds and hospital care, but recalled the limit of infrastructure and human resources. “There are a number of patients in ICU beds that the state is unable to support, no matter how much effort has been made in the growth of ICU beds. The expansion capacity is not infinite, we have increased it by more than 100% and we have an alternative in an emergency plan that will also seek to guarantee service to all people in need. ”

Classes, which were scheduled to resume on Monday, 20, have been suspended. The governor He said he asked the Ministry of Health for teachers over 60 to join the queue as a priority group to receive the vaccine. THE The situation in Bahia, which already has almost 78% of beds occupied, also made the government adopt more restrictive measures. ANDn 343 municipalities a curfew was decreed between 10 pm and 5 am. THE The measure began to take effect on Friday, the 19th, and runs until February 25th. THE determination, however, does not apply to the operation of subways, bus stations and airports.

The Undersecretary of Health of Bahia, Tereza Paim, affirmed that, at the present moment, the number of active cases is the highest since the beginning of the pandemic, with 17 thousand contaminations. Is it over there highlighted the importance of the population’s role in reducing the increase in cases. “There’s no way. If people do not participate in the control of the disease, we would not be able to progress and we would have more deaths. We try to mitigate these effects in relation to companies, we understand, but it is necessary for the population to understand that, in fact, when you crowd, when you use alcohol or not, but you are without a mask, this makes people people transmit the virus more. ”

THE Ceara, 8th state with the highest number of infections, also lives a similar situation. At restrictive measures have been in place since last Thursday and will continue until February 28. CoAs the number of beds increased, Governor Camilo Santana also ordered the suspension of face-to-face classes at schools and universities. Nthe city of Araraquara, in the interior of São Paulo, the health system is collapsing and the city has quarantined the city for 60 hours, prohibiting the circulation of people and vehicles, and determining the closure of banks, supermarkets and gas stations. In According to the Ministry of Health, Brazil already counts 10,081,676 of Covid-19; the total number of deaths is 244 thousand and 765.

* With information from reporter Camila Yunes

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