The city of São Paulo will use municipal education centers in peripheral neighborhoods to host Covid-19 patients. The measure, according to Mayor Bruno Covas, will help relieve pressure on municipal intensive care units, which are currently at 82-percent occupancy. “Last week, occupancy rates varied between 70 percent and 75 percent. We had 507 ICU beds at the beginning of the year, and we are expanding by 1,400 beds by the end of May. Of these, 650 have already been made available.”
Mr. Covas also said that a lockdown in Brazil’s most-populated city is a possibility, but that it would be unnecessary at the moment. The municipal government also decided to scrap its measure to close main roads in the city, amid criticism.