Rio de Janeiro to adopt curfew

Rio de Janeiro to adopt curfew
Rio de Janeiro Governor Claudio Castro announced a curfew for his state. Photo: Philippe Lima/FP

The state of Rio de Janeiro has become the latest to adopt a curfew to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Between 11 pm and 5 am, businesses will have to close and people will not be allowed to leave home. Meanwhile, parks, museums, and gyms can operate at half-capacity.

Governor Claudio Castro opted to enforce a curfew just one day after bashing his São Paulo counterpart João Doria for toughening restrictions in his state. Mr. Doria hit back saying that “the lack of measures in Rio de Janeiro [was] unsettling.”

Rio de Janeiro health officials have confirmed nearly 602,000 coronavirus infections and over 34,000 deaths as of March 11. ICU bed occupancy rates sit at 73 percent, though demand for intensive care is rising week-on-week.

Brazil is seeing a surge of coronavirus deaths among young patients, and Rio de Janeiro is no exception. Victims aged between 30 and 59 amounted to 17 percent of deaths in the state, a rate now at 24 percent.

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