Brasília reaches Covid-19 collapse as government imposes curfew

Brasília is enforcing its tightest coronavirus restrictions yet as hospitals run out of intensive care beds, as new variants spread

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Doctor consoles a colleague in front of a field hospital at Brasília’s National Stadium. Photo: Breno Esaki/AS-DF

At Brazil’s worst point of the Covid-19 pandemic so far, capital city Brasília is under curfew. Until March 22, between 10 pm and 5 am, people must remain inside unless they are travelling to hospital for emergency care, or purchasing drugs from a pharmacy. Brasília began tightening up its restrictions one week before, closing all non-essential stores and businesses.  

The health system in the 3-million-people city is completely overwhelmed. Last weekend, all of Brasília’s 440 Covid-19 intensive care beds were occupied by critical patients. That rate fell to 83.86 percent after a week of restrictions and curfews.

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