Santa Catarina could be Brazil’s next Covid-19 epicenter

Santa Catarina could be Brazil's next Covid-19 epicenter
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Brazil’s Health Ministry is reportedly worried that the southern state of Santa Catarina may become the next epicenter of Covid-19 in the country. Since April 24, the number of confirmed cases in the state jumped from 1,200 to 2,346 — and deaths are also expected to pile up.

Citizens of Santa Catarina have been among the staunchest supporters of reopening business as soon as possible. Some cities, such as Balneário Camboriú, lifted social isolation measures early in April — a decision that was later overturned by a federal judge.