The Brazilian state of São Paulo announced a partial closure, starting from 20:00 local time, all days of the week, including on holidays, in order to limit the spread of the new Corona virus.
These measures will take effect from next Monday to the seventh of February in the metropolitan city of Sao Paulo and most of the municipalities of the richest state in Brazil and has the largest population.
State Governor Joao Doria said that “a second wave of the emerging corona virus is striking the world, and its effects are tangible in Brazil and the state of Sao Paulo.” He added, “The high number of injuries and the number of hospitalizations is very worrying.”
For his part, the coordinator of the Corona Anti-Corona Cell, Joao Gabardo, stated that “there is one death every six minutes” due to Covid-19 in the state of Sao Paulo.
He added, warning that “the scenario of the coming days is not reassuring, but rather the opposite. It is bleak and there is a risk of a shortage of intensive care beds if São Paulo does not take measures in a short time.”
This week, Brazil launched a national vaccination campaign for its 212 million people.
The death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil has reached 215,000, including 51,000 in the state of Sao Paulo alone.