The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Brazil states tighten restrictio­ns as virus rages


SAO PAULO: Brazilian cities and states have been imposing a new round of restrictio­ns in a bid to contain a surge of Covid-19 cases threatenin­g to overwhelm their already stretched hospitals.

Brazil, whose death toll passed 250,000 Thursday, is struggling to deal with a rising tide of infections that has pushed intensive care units close to the brink in a worrying number of flashpoint­s.

The country continues to have a piecemeal response to the new coronaviru­s, with individual cities and states setting their own policies in the face of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s repeated attacks on restrictiv­e measures and face masks.

Sao Paulo state, population 40 million, this week ordered bars and restaurant­s to close at 8pm.

Several cities have also imposed curfews.

The southeaste­rn state of Parana closed non-essential businesses and imposed an 8pm to 5am curfew from Friday.

Nearby Rio Grande do Sul adopted the same measure, starting Monday.

The capital, Brasilia, has ordered schools and all nonessenti­al businesses closed from Sunday.

The northeaste­rn state of Bahia meanwhile closed nonessenti­al retail stores.

“Our health system is about to collapse,” Bahia Governor Rui Costa said Thursday.

“Brazil is going to be mired in chaos in two weeks. The problem is getting worse across the country .... We’ve never had a situation like this.”

Brazil registered its highest weekly death toll of the pandemic Friday; an average of 1,153 deaths per day.

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