Coronavirus

Field hospitals are preventing a healthcare collapse in Brazil

With local health networks overloaded by Covid-19 cases, state governments have built temporary hospital units to deal with the overflow of patients

Field hospitals are preventing a healthcare collapse in Brazil
Maracanã field hospital, in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: A. Paes/Shutterstock

In at least five Brazilian states — Amazonas, Ceará, Pará, Pernambuco, and Rio de Janeiro — over 85 percent of intensive care units are currently filled. In Greater São Paulo — home to nearly one-third of the country’s cases — the occupation rate reached 89 percent, with at least 12 cities running out of intensive care units altogether. The city of Rio de Janeiro reportedly had only three vacant ICU beds as of Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the federal government promised to expand the capacity of the national healthcare system but has delivered only 17.5 percent of...

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