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All São Paulo regions in advanced reopening status for the first time

. Sep 11, 2020
All São Paulo regions in advanced reopening status for the first time Photo: Miguel Lagoa/Shutterstock

For the first time since the pandemic started, all regions in the state of São Paulo are in an advanced phase of reopening. The state government’s color-based five-step reopening plan grades regions from red (when cases are going up and more restrictions are enforced), to blue (when all restrictions are lifted).

Now, all São Paulo regions are in the yellow phase — which is step 3 of 5.

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Ratings are attributed according to the trends in Covid-19 death curves, as well as intensive care units’ occupancy rates. The government will only assess regions again in October.

“In the state as a whole, the pandemic is slowing down consistently. Hospitalizations have fallen for the past eight weeks, and deaths have been down for the last five,” Governor João Doria told reporters. 

The state of São Paulo — the most-populated area in Brazil — has 874,754 confirmed coronavirus cases and 32,104 deaths with 263 new deaths recorded over the last 24 hours. In June, as a comparison, the daily death count was consistently over the 400 mark.

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Lucas Berti

Lucas Berti covers international affairs — specialized in Latin American politics and markets. He has been published by Opera Mundi, Revista VIP, and The Intercept Brasil, among others.

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