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27 Jun 2020 | 05:28 AM UTC

Brazil: São Paulo authorities extend COVID-19 restrictions until July 14 /update 27

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Authorities extend COVID-19 restrictions in São Paulo until July 14; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/27/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/27/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION São Paulo state

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Event

São Paulo's Governor João Doria announced on Friday, June 26, that the existing quarantine restrictions introduced due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will be extended until July 14. Despite the extension of quarantine orders, the city of São Paulo and 14 municipalities in Greater São Paulo are due to enter the "yellow phase" from July 6, and restaurants, bars, and beauty salons will be able to reopen. Most parts of São Paulo state, however, will remain in the "red phase", which is the most restrictive. Several regions have also regressed into the "red phase" following a recent rise of COVID-19 cases, including the regions of Aracatuba, Rio Preto, Sorocaba, Bauru, and Franca. Further details on the extension and/or easing of COVID-19 measures are available on São Paulo's government website.

Some economic activity had already resumed in Sao Paulo as of June 1, including the reopening of shopping malls, despite the state still recording a high number of daily COVID-19 cases. Stores, offices, car dealerships, and real estate brokerages are also open as long as social distancing is maintained and face masks are worn.

Brazil's federal government extended the closure of sea, air, and land borders until at least July 5. The border closure does not apply to Brazilian citizens and permanent residents, foreign employees of international organizations or the Brazilian government, travelers in transit, and foreigners who have a Brazilian spouse, partner, or child. Land borders remain closed with exemptions for trucks carrying essential goods and people on humanitarian missions who have a permit.

The use of face masks remains mandatory in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Brasília in essential commercial establishments, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as on public transport.

As of June 26, 1,274,974 cases of COVID-19 and 55,961 associated deaths were recorded in Brazil. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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