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07 août 2020 | 23h53 UTC

Brazil: State of São Paulo postpones easing of some COVID-19 measures August 7 /update 31

Brazil Alerte de sécurité

State of São Paulo postpones easing of some COVID-19 measures on August 7; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/8/2020, 12h00 until 7/9/2020, 11h59 (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Brazil

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Event

State of São Paulo's Governor João Doria postponed the easing of some restrictions on Friday, August 7, due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The reopening of public and private schools was postponed to October 7 following the recommendation of the Coronavirus Contingency Center due to the persisting high rates of transmission across the state. However, public and private schools in regions that have been in the yellow phase of the economic easing plan for Sao Paulo state for 28 days will be allowed to reopen from September 8 for support classes and optional activities only. The government of the state of São Paulo classifies regions in five phases, which can be seen here. Further easing of restrictions may also be postponed in the state with little or no warning.

The government updated the status of regions in São Paulo's plan for a gradual reopening of economic activities on Friday allowing nine regions to advance to the yellow phase, which allows bars, restaurants, businesses, and other industries to resume some non-essential activities.  

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

As of August 7, there have been 2,912,212 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Brazil, and 98,493 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in 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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

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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