Coronavirus in Brazil: the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, full of people in the middle of the de-escalation

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Without respecting the distance recommended by the health authorities and the mandatory use of masks, thousands of people gorged themselves on the sunny beaches of Rio.

The emblematic beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana, the most traditional in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil, they registered this Sunday agglomerations, assaults and a strong movement amid the de-escalation and resumption of activities carried out by several Brazilian cities due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Without respecting the distance recommended by the health authorities and the mandatory use of masks, thousands of people gorged themselves on the sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro, where the so-called “dragging”, as the collective assaults on bathers are called, reappeared.

Rio de Janeiro, which was one of the capitals hardest hit by COVID-19, and was to the limit of collapse in their health systems and funeral home, with the second highest peak in deaths and infections, behind Sao Paulo, resumed most activities.

The holding of some events with a limited number of people, the reopening of museums, restaurants and bars and the almost normalization of commerce, despite the rules, have not prevented the crowds in the “Cidade Maravilhosa”.

The state of Rio de Janeiro, according to official numbers from the Ministry of Health, accumulated until Saturday 240,776 people infected and registered 16,985 deaths, having as its epicenter the homonymous capital and the municipalities of the metropolitan region.

Brazil, with more than 4.3 million confirmed cases, is the third country with the highest number of COVID-19 infections, behind the United States and India.

By number of deaths, with more than 131,000 deaths, the South American country is the second in the world, behind the United States, and his bet now is on vaccines for a population of 210 million inhabitants.

The federal government and several regional administrations have already established international agreements to test, produce and commercialize the different immunological initiatives that are being developed in the United Kingdom, China, Russia, the United States and Germany.

The drop in the daily average of deaths in Brazil caused by the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) must be “celebrated”Although it is still “too early” to draw conclusions due to the complexity of the country and its continental size, professor of medicine and researcher Antonio Silva Lima told Xinhua.

For more than two months, Brazil maintained a high rate of more than 1,000 daily deaths caused by COVID-19, although since last September 7, the rate was reduced to about 800 per day.

For Silva Lima, “it is too early to draw conclusions, of course we must celebrate the drop in the death rate, pBut it must be something very guided by objective criteria, such as the fall in the rate of infections, which has to be constant, and that the epidemiological indicators of cases and deaths remain down over the long term, which guarantees that we have a certain security in the event that there is any regrowth in some area of ​​Brazil, “he explained in a telephone interview.

Professor of medicine at the University of Fortaleza, Silva Lima recalled that “when you analyze Brazil as a whole, a continental country that experiences different epidemics and that now seem to be the same, it seems that now there is stability, but this stability has differences. There are areas in which the virus still circulates with some constancy, and others where it is very restricted, the so-called “balls”, where there was no or no longer transmission “.

Source: EFE and Xinhua

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