According to Agência Brasil, the number of severely isolated people to contain the COVID-19 pandemic fell by 1.6 million between the second and third weeks of September, totaling 33.8 million, which means that 5.1 million people stopped the most stringent isolation measures in the first three weeks of September.
The data appear in the weekly edition of the National Household Sample Survey (Pnad) COVID-19, especially carried out for this pandemic period, and released this Friday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
The group of people who reduced contact but continued to leave home or receive visitors increased by 2.4 million in the third week of September.
According to IBGE, for the first time since June, when this topic began to be addressed by the survey, this is the largest group among those surveyed, representing 40.5% of the Brazilian population.
People who have adopted this more flexible behavior now number 85.7 million.
Brazil has 149,189 deaths from COVID-19 confirmed until 1:00 pm this Friday (9), according to the consortium of news outlets in the country that collect data, three times a day, directly from state health departments – and, therefore, has more up-to-date numbers than the Health Ministry. The total number of infections reached 5.035.744 today.