With 96% of ICU occupations, Rio is close to collapse in health – Prime Time Zone

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In all, 900 patients are hospitalized in the municipality, with no record of queues for hospitalizations

ALEXANDRE GONÇALVES / ISHOOT / ESTADÃO CONTENT – 03/03/2021 The Municipal Executive is already working to add 100 new beds in hospitals, as it seeks to reduce occupancy rates

The health system of the capital of Rio de Janeiro is close to collapse. With 96% of intensive care units (ICUs) occupied, the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro tries to negotiate, with the federal and state government, the interruption in receiving patients from the north of the country to the city’s hospitals. The objective of the action is to avoid saturation of the health network, which counts 900 inpatients. So far, the capital of Rio does not register queues for hospitalizations. Even so, the Municipal Executive is already working to add 100 new beds in hospitals, a measure that seeks to reduce occupancy rates.

In addition to expanding vacancies and interrupting the reception of patients from other regions, Rio de Janeiro also increased sanitary restrictions and imposed nearly a thousand fines over the weekend for disrespecting measures to combat pandemic. Although it is considered a preventive action, the figures in the capital of Rio de Janeiro already justify the adoption of the new traffic bans. So far, Rio has immunized more than 420 thousand people against Covid-19 and it has doses available in stock for vaccination until next Thursday, 11. If new batches of immunizers are not received, the Fluminense calendar may be compromised again.

* With information from reporter Rodrigo Viga