Brazil’s states react to the Covid-19 outbreak

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Staff at Rio’s International Airport wearing masks. Photo: Fernanda Frazão/ABr

As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic begin to affect the everyday lives of Brazilians, the country’s authorities are weighing in with measures and protections to attempt to control the spread and prepare for an incoming health crisis. However, as Brazil’s government works in a federal system, with a significant degree of decision-making power delegates to the country’s 27 states and over 5,000 municipalities, the response to the Covid-19 outbreak has differed across the nation.

On Thursday, Brazil’s Health Ministry issued an ordinance with a number of rules to guide the procedures concerning isolation and quarantine around the country....

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