SAO PAULO (AP) – Brazilian health authorities on Monday called for nationwide lockdowns and curfews as hospitals are running out of space in their intensive care units at a time when COVID- 19 claims more than 1,000 lives a day in the country.
“The rebound of the pandemic in several states is leading to the collapse of their public and private assistance networks and has created an imminent risk of spreading to all regions of Brazil,” the country’s National Council of Health Secretaries warned in a letter. open, adding that the nation is going through its worst moment since the pandemic reached its territory.
Last week was the one with the highest deaths in Brazil from the coronavirus, with 8,244 deaths.
The council, which represents the 27 health secretariats of the country, raised in its letter the idea of ordering lockdowns in cities where there is no availability in intensive care wards, and curfews from 8 at night to 6 in the morning in the rest of the towns.
Less than 4% of the Brazilian population has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Almost 260,000 people have died in the South American nation from the disease.