Following federal government, São Paulo state to declare public calamity

. Mar 20, 2020
São Paulo

After the federal government declared a state of calamity, Brazil’s most-populated state São Paulo followed suit. According to Governor João Doria, the goal is not to create panic, but to “make it easier for cities and the state to act faster, in a precise and correct way.” Brazilian law allows for a faster procurement process once a state of calamity is declared

São Paulo is suspending non-essential public services from March 23 to April 30, including the closure of the city’s Ibirapuera Park. Also from March 23, supermarkets and pharmacies must sell hand sanitizer at cost price, and purchases will be limited to two bottles per person. Mr. Doria also said there’s no indication of a shortage, but urged people to only purchase what they need. 

“This is Brazil’s worst moment since World War II,” Mr. Doria declared.

Natália Scalzaretto

Natália Scalzaretto has worked for companies such as Santander Brasil and Reuters, where she covered news ranging from commodities to technology. Before joining The Brazilian Report, she worked as an editor for Trading News, the information division from the TradersClub investor community.

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