By Rodrigo Viga Gaier
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The city of Rio de Janeiro decided to postpone the new phase of the program to ease the restrictive measures against Covid-19, scheduled for next month due to the advance of the Delta variant in the city, it said on Tuesday the Secretary of Health, Daniel Soranz.
The Delta variant has advanced faster in RJ than elsewhere, accounting for 37.2% of cases last month in the state. Even so, unlike what happens in other countries, Delta is not the dominant variant, being behind P.1, which originated in Manaus and represents 56.4% of cases in RJ.
Nationally, Delta represented 21.8% of cases in July, against 62.5% of P.1.
The scientific committee that monitors the pandemic and supports the city of Rio recommended a more cautious return to the spread of the lineage of Indian origin.
The forecast was that the new phase of recovery would start on September 4th and, according to Soranz, after the committee’s recommendation, the trend now is that it will only occur after the end of winter, at the end of September.
“We need to speed up vaccination to resume some activities,” Soranz said.
The committee advised that the reopening of activities with the presence of the public only occur when half of the population of Rio de Janeiro has completed the vaccination cycle. Before, the city had predicted the resumption with about 45%.
“We would start opening with 45% and now with 50%, and to open there has to be a frank drop in cases, deaths and deaths, among other premises”, said the secretary.
In Rio City, 37% of adults took both doses or a single-dose vaccine, according to city government data.
According to the city, despite the advance of Delta and the adjustment in the resumption plan, parties such as New Year’s Eve and Carnival are guaranteed, but they depend on the sanitary scenario. The two traditional parties did not take place this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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