Home to over 10 percent of the country’s population, Greater São Paulo is also Brazil’s Covid-19 epicenter. Total cases have topped 300,000, and more than 15,000 have died from the disease. If São Paulo were its country, it would have recorded higher coronavirus tallies than Germany or Russia. On June 29, São Paulo registered an average of nearly 8,000 new coronavirus cases each day. Despite this, Mayor Bruno Covas has announced the shutdown of a field hospital.
The facility in question had been set up inside the Pacaembu football stadium, on the pitch itself, and had been in operation since April 6. It was initially slated to treat patients until July 31, but a drop off in demand brought its termination forward.