Coronavirus

With 15,000-plus deaths, why did São Paulo close a field hospital?

São Paulo has decided to close a landmark field hospital as occupancy rates of health facilities fall. Experts say this is no reason to celebrate

With 15,000-plus deaths, why did São Paulo close a field hospital?
Pacaembu field hospital. Photo: Caio Pederneiras/Shutterstock

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...

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