Cases and deaths by covid-19 in Brazil suffered the biggest drop since the beginning of the year, according to data from the Bulletin of the Covid-19 Observatory of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), released this Friday (17). According to the survey, there are 12 consecutive weeks of decrease in the number of deaths – with a reduction of 3.8% per day in the last Epidemiological Week.
The total number of cases also shows a downward trend, but with fluctuations over the last 12 weeks. The average is 15.9 thousand cases and 460 daily deaths in the period from September 5th to 11th.
In the same survey, Fiocruz reported that the covid-19 ICU bed occupancy rate reached the best scenario since the monitoring of the indicator began. Only in the capital of Rio the percentage of admissions is above 80%. Boa Vista, in Roraima, and Curitiba, in Paraná, have intermediate alerts, totaling 76% and 64% respectively.
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Despite the reduction in cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndromes (SRAG) in the country, the study draws attention to the behavior of the moving average of new cases in recent weeks: in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Santa Catarina, Goiás and the Federal District rates are still above 5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants − considered very high.
“Despite the sharp drop in mortality from covid-19, the pandemic is not over and care must still be taken so that this positive picture is not reversed”, warn the scientists in the text that accompanies the numbers.
The researchers still defend the use of the “vaccine passport”, already implemented in the capital of Rio de Janeiro this week, and say that the “initiative is a public policy for the collective protection and encouragement of vaccination”.
Another important measure, according to them, is the maintenance of physical distance, since the reasonable coverage to block the circulation of the coronavirus is at least 70% of people with a complete vaccination schedule.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Mariana Pitasse and Sarah Fernandes