The most recent InfoGripe report by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a federally-run biological institute, shows that severe cases of Covid are rising in 15 out of Brazil’s 27 states.
The figures are in line with recent nationwide findings, showing an overall increase in Covid cases. Federal health regulator Anvisa responded to the uptick on Tuesday by reinstating requirements for mask use in airports and on aircraft and granting emergency use authorization to two bivalent vaccines manufactured by Pfizer.
InfoGripe’s figures cover the last six weeks and indicate increases in severe cases in Alagoas, Bahia, Ceará, the Federal District, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraíba, Piauí, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo.
Upticks were also observed in 17 state capitals, including Brazil’s most populous cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
A survey from the Brazilian diagnostic medicine association Abramed showed that, between November 5 and 11, the percentage of positive Covid tests in the private healthcare network was 39.9 percent — up from 23.1 percent one week earlier.
Furthermore, almost three times as many tests were carried out between these two weeks.