At least 58 Brazilian cities in the state of Sao Paulo jointly announced the cancellation of Carnival celebrations for next year, due to the health situation derived from the coronavirus pandemic.
So, this will be the second consecutive year that in Botucatu, Sorocaba, Poá or Suzano the massive acts in the streets are suspended, as the Brazilian portal points out G1.
“It was unanimously decided that cities will not hold carnival out of respect for the victims of COVID-19 and for fear of a new wave of coronavirus”, Expressed the mayor of the city of Guariba, Celso Romano, municipality where a meeting of twelve localities was held to discuss the matter.
For its part, in the city of Sao Paulo the authorities established a schedule, while in other locations such as Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro or Belo Horizonte, they want to create a committee in charge of making decisions about it.
Although the occupancy rate in hospitals is low and the infection figures are encouraging compared to months ago, municipal authorities remain cautious in the face of fear that the celebrations could lead to an increase of positive cases and deaths.
What’s more, some cities explained that their economic situation prevents them from facing the investment involved in launching the carnival, while the Secretary of State for Regional Development of Sao Paulo pointed out that cities can decide whether to celebrate the event, or not, without having to inform the state administration.
Brazil registered 10,312 new cases and 284 deaths associated with COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, with a moderate advance on the day, in a context of the slowdown of the pandemic, according to the figures released this Tuesday by the Government.
From the first contagion, on February 26, 2020, and from the first death, on March 12 of the same year, both in Sao Paulo, the country adds 22,030,182 cases and totals 613,066 deaths, according to the recent epidemiological bulletin of the Ministry of Health.
The average number of cases in the last week rose moderately to 9,214 daily infections, which exceed 8,330 for the weekly period ended last Saturday, when it reached its lowest level so far this year and the lowest since May 2020.
The average of daily deaths in the last week, meanwhile, stood this Tuesday at 227, above 195 on Saturday, which was also the lowest of the year and the lowest since April 2020, according to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass).
According to the report of the Ministry of Health, in the nation of 213 million inhabitants 21,247,982 patients have recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which represents 96.4% of the total number of infected.
Brazil, one of the three countries most affected by the pandemic in absolute numbers along with the United States and India, registers a mortality rate of 292 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants and an incidence of 10,483 people infected in the same proportion.
According to the total population, Brazil has managed to immunize 61.7% of its inhabitants with a complete cycle of two doses or with a single application.
(With information from Europa Press and EFE)