A road vendor wears a plastic bag as a safety measure in opposition to the unfold of the brand new coronavirus, COVID-19, in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 16, 2020. NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP
Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria on Saturday ordered a two-week quarantine from Tuesday to assist curb the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic.
The state is the financial capital of Latin America and the worst-hit space of Brazil, which has recorded greater than 900 virus instances and 11 deaths. Six of these deaths have been in Sao Paulo.
The measure requires a “total closure of non-essential businesses and services,” Doria informed journalists.
Sao Paulo state is house to 46 million individuals, and its capital metropolis of the identical title is the most important in Latin America, with 13 million inhabitants.
Whereas “bars, cafes and restaurants” should shut, well being companies, safety companies, banks, supermarkets, bakers and public transport will all proceed to perform.
The transfer comes two days after Rio de Janeiro state introduced comparable containment measures, together with the closure of world well-known seashores corresponding to Copacabana and Ipanema.
Doria mentioned the measure wouldn’t have an effect on trade.
“We know we’re in a war and this war needs to be faced with appropriate, fast and efficient decisions,” mentioned Doria.
Brazil’s two most populous states have taken a pro-active method to containing the coronavirus outbreak, in stark distinction to far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
Bolsonaro hit out on Friday at Rio’s governor Wilson Witzel for the measures he took, which included closing air, sea and land hyperlinks with different contaminated states.
“It seems like Rio de Janeiro is another country. It’s not, we’re a federation,” Bolsonaro mentioned.
Nearly all of instances in Brazil — Latin America’s largest nation, with 210 million individuals — have are available in its two greatest states.
Well being Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta predicted on Wednesday that the outbreak would attain its peak in Brazil between April and June, including that instances wouldn’t begin falling till September.