May 01, 20 - 5:19 pm - LABS

In 24 hours, the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths grows 7% in Brazil

The death toll of patients infected with the new coronavirus has risen from 5,901 to 6,329 in the past 24 hours in Brazil, the Ministry of Health said this Friday.

There were 428 new deaths registered between Thursday and this Friday, which represents an increase of 7%–a day before, there was an addition of 8%.

At the same time, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 jumped from 85,380 to 91,589. There were 6,209 more cases in 24 hours, an increase of 7%–in the previous day there was an increase of 9%.

Molecular diagnosis kit for coronavirus
Molecular diagnosis kit for coronavirus from Bio-Manguinhos / Fiocruz. Photo: Bernardo Portela/Fiocruz Imagens

At the beginning of this week, the Imperial College in London said, in its monthly report, that Brazil has the highest contagion rate among 48 countries, and that it was probable that the country would reach more than 10 mil cases in a week.

At the same time, the rate of holiday isolation at the epicenter of the disease in the country, São Paulo, fell to 46%, the lowest level since the quarantine began in March.

The state government was studying a reopening of commerce in cities in the interior and also a plan, together with the city of São Paulo, for the resumption of business in the capital, starting on May 11th. Just this week, faced with the escalating disease scenario, Sao Paulo state governor João Doria changed his mind.

According to the Secretary of Health of the city of São Paulo, Edson Aparecido, however, if the city does not reach isolation rates between 55% and 60%, there will be no relaxation of isolation.

According to O Estado de S.Paulo, the occupancy of ICU beds for coronavirus patients is already over 70% in at least six states. The situation is registered in Espírito Santo, Pará, Ceará, Amazonas, Pernambuco, and Rio de Janeiro–in the latter two, the rate goes over 90%, which considered saturation by specialists.

As the disease advances, governments rush to raise field hospitals and expand the number of vacancies. Doctors and managers say the pandemic has not yet peaked in Brazil, which should increase pressure on hospitals.