With the exception of Araçatuba, Baixada Santista and Greater São Paulo, all regions of the state have more than 80% occupancy in the ICUs
The worsening of the pandemic of Covid-19 in the interior of São Paulo worries more and more. This Thursday, 10, Araraquara set a record of new cases in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. There were 281 positive diagnoses in 24 hours, a number higher than the 248 cases observed in February, on the eve of the lockdown. At least 69 people were admitted to hospitals in the city and the occupation of ICU beds for Covid-19 was 88.4%. Mayor Edinho Silva does not rule out a new closure. “In order to avoid the absurd relaxation that we are experiencing, we will have no other way but to decree a lockdown. The rules are there, it’s not the mayor who closes them down. When it will close, another two days in a row above 20% of the total number of tests or 5 days in a week.”
With the exception of Araçatuba, Baixada Santista and Greater São Paulo, all regions of the state have more than 80% occupancy in intensive care units. In seven of them, this rate exceeds 90%. The State Secretary of Health, Jean Gorinchteyn, said yesterday that the mayors are being notified to comply with sanitary rules. “All sanitary measures must be guaranteed to the population of the entire state, especially those regions that are at risk of collapse of their health if the circulation of the virus is greater and the health of its population is compromised and requires much more ICU spaces. ” The declaration was given at an event at the São Paulo Legislative Assembly, to announce the allocation of more than R$ 155 million in amendments for investments in health.
According to the president of Alesp, Carlão Pignatari, the resources will benefit 427 municipalities. “These R$ 150 million for these municipalities under amendments that we, all parliamentarians, regardless of the political party, if it’s the situation, if it’s the opposition, put last year’s budget. Now the government of São Paulo is releasing the payment.” Transfers are authorized as of today. The funds should be used to purchase ambulances, hospital medical equipment, renovation, construction or expansion of health facilities.
*With information from reporter Nanny Cox