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March 28, 20 - 3:54 pm - LABS

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, 11.5 million Brazilians live in crowded houses

In addition to the lack of ICU beds and equipments such as ventilators and masks, the largest economy in Latin America also suffers from a reality that diminishes the effects of social distance as a measure to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. This Saturday Folha de S.Paulo reports that 11.5 million Brazilians–or almost 6% of the country’s population–live in crowded houses.

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In these houses more than 3 family members share the same dormitory. The data is from the National Household Sample Survey, called Pnad Contínua, from IBGE, 2018.

Poor community in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Skreidzeleu / Shutterstock

Also according to Folha, the problem is greater precisely in the capitals, where the number of coronavirus confirmed cases is bigger. São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza are among those with more inhabitants living in the same household. The city of São Paulo, the one that most concentrates cases in the country, accumulates one third of these people.