Closures will take place on the 23rd and 24th and will be valid for one week; city also announced new beds dedicated to patients with Covid-19
Trying to control the progress of the Covid-19, the prefecture of Salvador, on Bahia, determined the closure of beaches, social clubs e blocks. The measure was confirmed by the mayor Bruno Reis (DEM) this Monday, 22. From Tuesday, 23, all fields and public courts will be closed and after Wednesday, 24, beaches and clubs will also be closed. Initially, the measure will last for a week. According to the mayor, the restrictions aim to increase social isolation in the city, which would prevent the collapse of the health system. In addition, Bruno confirmed that, with the measure, phase three of the plan to resume economic, cultural and social activities has been completely disabled. “These are necessary measures in the face of such a difficult moment. I need to point out that, if we have a problem in the public health network, in the private network, unfortunately, the situation is even more serious. I talked to service providers this weekend, I received a report and few private units have yet to reach 100% in their bed occupancy. This is due, firstly, to the fact that demand has increased a lot due to Covid and, secondly, because there are units facing flow for other services such as stroke and heart disease, which require ICU ”, said the representative.
Also on Monday, the mayor announced 100 new beds, 20 of which were for ICUs and 80 for medical clinics, bringing the total number of vacancies dedicated to Covid-19 in the city to 555. The Secretary of Health, Leo Prates, said the new beds aim to ensure that the entire population has access to the health system. “People need to understand that the pandemic is not over and that, until we reach the expressive immunization of the population, we will need each one to do their part to avoid a collapse of the system,” said the head of the secretariat. On Sunday the 21st, the ICU occupancy rate in Salvador reached 80% and shows an increase in the last weeks, even with the activation of new beds during the period.