Rio de Janeiro’s Health Secretary says that the pandemic is

During the press conference for the 41st epidemiological bulletin of the city of Rio de Janeiro, held this Friday (15), the municipal health secretary, Daniel Soranz, stated that “for the first time in the entire pandemic, we can say that the situation is under control”.

The municipality classifies the 33 Administrative Regions (ARs) as at moderate risk for the transmission of the disease for the fourth consecutive week. There was a drop in practically all indicators of the disease according to the City Hall, deaths, transmission rate and confirmed cases.

“It is the first time that we can say that there is a controlled situation of covid-19 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. We have the lowest transmission rate since the beginning of the pandemic, the lowest number of hospitalized patients. It is the first time that we can say that we have a situation of stability, of decline for more than seven weeks,” said Soranz.

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The bulletin points out that the number of new weekly admissions dropped by 65% ​​in the last eight epidemiological weeks, after the last peak of hospitalizations. The other rates, such as confirmed cases and deaths, also continue to fall.

“Lower than that, is when we are at the end of the pandemic. It couldn’t be lower than that. We work, we hope and pray that we can, in the near future, even stop disclosing this data. It will be the moment when that we will say that there is no more pandemic”, said Mayor Eduardo Paes.

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The Municipal Health Department assesses that vaccinating the population of Rio de Janeiro is essential for reducing covid-19 rates. The capital currently has 60% of the total population with the complete vaccination schedule. Among those over 12 years old, this rate is 69.7%.

*With information from Extra and O Dia

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Jaqueline Deister

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