On the same day Brazil topped the 25,000 mark of confirmed Covid-19 deaths, São Paulo Governor João Doria announced a plan to reopen the state’s economy. The program has five steps and is based on data such as the number of intensive care beds available per person.
São Paulo is Brazil’s wealthiest and most populated state — and battles with the highest absolute numbers for cases and casualties related to the coronavirus. Since the beginning of the outbreak in Brazil, Mr. Doria staunchly defended quarantine rules — making him one of President Jair Bolsonaro’s main political antagonists: his advocacy of quarantine measures has been in stark contrast to Mr. Bolsonaro’s open Covid-19 denialism.
But political pressure has restrained Mr. Doria from placing his state on lockdown, and is now leading him to what many regard as a rushed reopening of São Paulo.