Coronavirus in Brazil: Country has 3,904 confirmed cases and 111 deaths to date, Saturday, March 28 (03/28)

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus, covid-19, in the Brazil, reached 3904. There are 111 deaths registered so far, according to information from the Ministry of Health (MS), released on the afternoon of today, Saturday, March 28 (March 28).

Until yesterday, Friday, there were 3,417 confirmed cases of the disease and 92 registered deaths. The growth rate of infections confirmed on Friday was the highest in a single day since confirmed cases began to appear. 502 more cases than Thursday’s total were recorded, an increase of 17%. Deaths increased in 15, with São Paulo marking ten new deaths.

The name “corona” is due to the crown of thorns that surrounds it. These spines are surrounded by a layer of fat – removed from human cells themselves. It enters this layer of fat to invade other cells. Without this thin layer of fat, the coronavirus dies.

Coronaviruses are transmitted by air and mucous membranes. The virus survives for a long time in sneezing and coughing droplets. To avoid contamination through the droplets, it is recommended to stay at least five feet from people who are coughing or sneezing.

The virus is also in aerosol droplets. They are so tiny and thin that they are suspended in the air, and they mainly contaminate people who are indoors with air conditioning.

Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands regularly with alcohol gel or soap and water. Alcohol and soap kill viruses that may be on your hands.

Keep social distance
Keep at least one to two meters between you and people who are coughing or sneezing. The Covid-19 virus is transmitted by droplets that are in the runny nose and saliva. The distance between people with flu symptoms prevents the droplets from reaching you.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Hands touch all types of surfaces and can catch viruses. Once contaminated, the hands can transfer the virus to the eyes, nose and mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and make you sick.

Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
When surrounded by people, cover your mouth with the crook of your elbow when sneezing or coughing. It is also possible to use handkerchiefs, which must be disposed of promptly after use – fold them with the used part inward to prevent the virus from spreading.

If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call the health center
If you’re feeling bad, stay home. If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing, call the nearest health center. From the call, the health agents will indicate what you should do: if you should stay at home, if they will refer a professional, or if you can go to an Emergency Care Unit (UPA).

The signs of the new coronavirus resemble that of a common flu:

– Fever

– Dry cough

– tiredness

– Difficulty breathing in some cases

– There may be pain in the body

– Nasal congestion

– Runny nose

– Sore throat

– There are cases of diarrhea

– There may be infection of the lower respiratory tract, as in pneumonia.

There are people who do not develop any symptoms.

Average incubation period: five days, with intervals that reach 12 days – period in which the first symptoms take to appear since the infection.

Underreporting makes it difficult to fight covid-19 in Brazil

The pandemic of the new coronavirus, which has already left more than 2,900 infected and 77 deaths in Brazil, according to the Ministry of Health, has been imposing a series of challenges on the Brazilian authorities, and experts point out flaws in coping with the disease.
Initially, case accounting was hampered by the form provided by the Ministry of Health to notify suspected covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus. In the document, there were only the options “was out of the country” and “had contact with someone with symptoms”. sand the answer was negative for both questions, even if the person had symptoms of covid-19, the case was not considered suspect.

Because of this gap, the first patient who died of the disease in the country, on March 16, was not on the balance of suspected cases. Confirmation of covid-19 came only after death. The victim was a 62-year-old man from São Paulo who also suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

After the first death and confirmation of the occurrence of local transmission in the country, the Ministry of Health changed the protocol, failing to consider suspect cases only those who were abroad and / or had contact with someone with symptoms.

Last Saturday, the executive secretary of the Ministry of Health, João Gabbardo dos Reis, said that any Brazilian who had “flu-like syndrome” would be considered a possible infected by the coronavirus. The ministry also announced that, contrary to what had been done since the beginning of the disease outbreak in Brazil, it would no longer disclose the numbers of suspected cases.

“This measure reflects the country’s approach to most public health problems: giving preference to treatment, not prevention. The main reason for the exponential growth in the current scenario is that transmission occurs even before the onset of symptoms. and treating already infected patients who are in the process of expressing the clinical signs and symptoms of the disease is something that becomes unsustainable in the long term, as new patients will continue to emerge, “says public health specialist Fábio Teodoro de Souza, from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUC-PR).

Lack of tests

Even before the problem with the forms to report suspicions of the disease was verified, other flaws were verified in the government’s conduct in relation to a then possible crisis caused by the disease.

“The first containment of the cases at the airports was already a failure. Those arriving from travel were not even asked if they had a fever. Then, a mediocre pragmatism prevailed in relation to the tests: we had no [kits para testes]therefore, we would not test it “, says the doctor in public health Lígia Bahia, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

The fact that the country still carries out few tests indicates that the contamination by coronavirus in Brazil must be underestimated. The Ministry of Health itself, on Wednesday, acknowledged that there is an important underreporting of serious cases in the system, but stated that the responsibility lies with the hospitals and health units that receive these patients.

A survey of the Our World in Data project, linked to the University of Oxford and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, showed that the countries that most test patients for coronavirus are the ones that have the most infections. In Brazil, the statistic shows only 13.7 tests per million inhabitants in mid-March.

By way of comparison, at the same time, South Korea had tested 6,148 people per million; Germany, 2,023 per million, and the United Kingdom, 960 per million. Among 59 countries that reported the number of tests per inhabitant, Brazil ranked 53rd. According to the research, the tests are crucial for an adequate response to the pandemic.

Another problem pointed out by the pulmonologist Margareth Dalcolmo, from the National School of Public Health (ENSP) of Fiocruz, would be the occurrence of deaths by coronavirus in the public network without diagnosis. In an interview with the newspaper The globe published, the expert said that this is because sepsis and lung diseases are very common and there are no tests for the entire network.

Fiocruz also points out that there was an explosion of hospitalizations for people with severe respiratory failure after the first patient with coronavirus was detected in the country, on February 25. In the last week of February, 662 people were hospitalized with acute respiratory disease and had symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and difficulty breathing. The information was released by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.

In the period between 15 and 21 March, new admissions rose to 2,250 patients across the country. According to leaf, the number was calculated based on official notifications sent by health units, public and private hospitals to the Ministry of Health. According to Fiocruz researcher Marcelo Ferreira da Costa Gomes, heard by the newspaper, the huge increase in hospitalizations may have been caused by covid-19.

Discrepancy between data

Another point of attention related to the outbreak is that there is a discrepancy between the data released by the Ministry of Health and the state departments. On Sunday, for example, while the Ministry of Health reported 50 confirmations of the disease in Paraná, the state health department registered 54. This is due to the delay in the official processing of information registered on the federal platform by the states and explains the mismatch of information .

For Souza, the discrepancy negatively affects the state and municipal management of the disease, since it could interfere with the sending of medical supplies, personal protective equipment and health professionals by the federal government.

“The exact notification of the number of confirmed, suspicious cases and those under observation provides the federal government with important data for decision making, not only from a medical point of view, but also from a legislative point of view and in relation to the social and labor measures of preventive isolation Such an integral approach between the different spheres of power is indispensable to mitigate the proliferation of cases of the disease “, says the expert.

In the opinion of André Luiz Marques, professor and researcher at Insper, the differences observed so far are small, concentrated in some states, and would not be enough to impact centralized definitions.

“Of all the serious concerns we have at the moment, this would be one of the smallest. But we have to monitor over time to see whether that ‘alligator mouth’ will increase or not,” he points out.

Chronology of coronavirus in Brazil
First case in Brazil
After having spread to about 40 countries, killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000, the first case of the new coronavirus is confirmed in Brazil. He is a 61-year-old man who traveled to Italy on business. (2/26)

Secom chief tests positive for coronavirus
The Planalto Palace informs that the communication secretary of the federal government, Fábio Wajngarten, tested positive for the coronavirus. He had just returned from a trip with Bolsonaro to the United States, where they both met with President Donald Trump. (3/12)

Pro-Bolsonaro acts in several cities
Ignoring requests from health authorities to avoid crowds, protesters take to the streets in favor of the government and against Congress and the Supreme Court. President Jair Bolsonaro participates in protest and greets supporters. (3/15)

Brazil registers first deaths from the new coronavirus
First victim is a 62-year-old man from São Paulo who suffered from diabetes and hypertension. Later, a hospital in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, announces the death of a 69-year-old man with symptoms of coronavirus. (3/17)

Bolsonaro’s delegation to Miami has 18 infected
Among those infected are ministers Augusto Heleno (Institutional Security Office) and Bento Albuquerque (Mines and Energy). The confirmation that people who traveled with Bolsonaro are infected causes the dismissal of several Planalto officials. Bolsonaro says his tests were negative. More cases in the party would be confirmed in the following days. (3/18)

Paulo Guedes announces benefit to informal worker
The government announces that it will pay a R $ 200 voucher to informal workers, who correspond to 41% of the workforce, according to IBGE. Initial actions against the coronavirus crisis covered only formal workers, leaving out a large part of the population, who are unemployed or informal. (3/18)

Government restricts entry of foreigners
The measure that restricts the entry of people from Europe and several Asian countries for 30 days to curb the spread of the coronavirus is beginning to take effect. The ordinance does not apply to native or naturalized Brazilians or immigrants with a residence permit in the country. (03/23)

Bolsonaro minimizes virus in speech
The president makes a statement on the national radio and television network in which he calls on the country to “return to normality”, asking that commercial establishments do not close their doors and that people leave confinement at home. He calls the covid-19 “gripezinha” and speaks of “hysteria” due to the pandemic. Bolsonaro is the target of clutches for the eighth consecutive day. (3/24)

States maintain isolation measures
In a videoconference meeting, governors from 26 states discuss emergency actions to curb the spread of covid-19 and say they will continue to follow the rules of social isolation based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization. (25/03)

Goiás and Santa Catarina record first deaths from coronavirus
Goiás and Santa Catarina confirmed on Thursday (26/03) the first deaths due to the new coronavirus. Two other deaths were reported in Pernambuco. With the fatal case in Goiás, all Brazilian regions have now died from the Sars-Cov-2 virus. The state is the fifth outside the Southeast – the region most affected by the pandemic – to report death related to the pathogen.

House approves help of up to R $ 1.2 thousand for informal
The plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies approved an emergency aid for three months, in the amount of 600 reais, intended for self-employed, informal workers and without fixed income during the crisis caused by the pandemic of the new coronavirus. The matter will be analyzed by the Senate. The aid can reach 1.2 thousand reais per family.

Source: https://www.time24.news/t24/2020/03/underreporting-makes-it-difficult-to-fight-covid-19-in-brazil-news-and-analysis-on-the-most-relevant-facts-in-brazil-dw-2.html

Bolsonaro launches campaign against social isolation

Jair Bolsonaro launched a mobilization campaign against social isolation, where he encourages citizens to return to the streets and continue their normal lives, thus contradicting any indication given by the World Health Organization.
With the theme «Brazil cannot stop», the current President of the Brazilian Republic broadcast, through his official channels, a video where, in total confrontation with state governors, media, public opinion, and WHO, he lists the various reasons on which your thesis is based.

PASSION CONTINUES AT HOME
The particular moment we live in determines the permanence of people at home, in addition to the closing of all commercial stores, dramatically altering people’s habits when it comes to reading and accessing information.

In this moment of great difficulties for everyone, we are working 100% to continue to keep you company every day with your newspaper A Bola, the website ABOLA.pt and on the channel A Bola Tv.

But this work is only worthwhile if it reaches its usual customers without which it makes no sense and is not economically sustainable.

For that, we need you to be with us, to keep us company, by signing the digital version of A Bola and taking advantage of our subscription campaign.

‘Brazil cannot stop’ campaign raises political tension in the country

The federal government released an advertising campaign called “Brazil cannot stop” to encourage people to leave their homes in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and return to work. The initiative is part of the strategy of Palácio do Planalto to reinforce President Jair Bolsonaro’s narrative that it is necessary to resume activities to reduce the impacts on the economy. The guidance goes against the recommendations of health organizations around the world, which defend quarantine as the most effective way to prevent the spread of the disease. Parliamentarians and mayors threaten to go to court against official advertising.

The campaign also runs counter to restrictions imposed – to a greater or lesser extent – on the 27 states and at least 23 capitals in the country, such as the closing of schools, shops and churches. According to a report by the British BBC network, some 70 countries in the world have enacted some type of isolation measure. According to the agency France Presse, the restrictions affect at least 2.8 billion people, which represents more than 1/3 of the world population. The World Health Organization (WHO) does not have an official survey.

The password for Bolsonaro supporters to broadcast the campaign was given last Wednesday (25), when the government released a post on Instagram with the hashtag # OBrasil NãoPodeParar “.” Almost all of the deaths occurred with the elderly. Therefore, it is necessary to protect these people and all members of the risk groups, with great care, affection and respect. For these, isolation. For everyone else, distance, extra attention and a lot of responsibility. We will, with care and awareness, return to normality “, says the text.

On the night of last Thursday (26), a video with the same motto and with the mark of the federal government was released by Senator Flávio Bolsonaro (without party-RJ), the president’s son, on social networks. The campaign began to circulate in bolsonarista groups on WhatsApp with the following message: “I will pass on first hand the propaganda that the federal government will run from tomorrow.” Government officials also sent the material to their contacts.

The 1-minute, 27-second video shows scenes of workers at work with a narrator in the background repeating the campaign theme. “For street vendors, engineers, marketers, architects, bricklayers, lawyers, private teachers and service providers in general, Brazil cannot stop,” says the narration.

The federal government’s propaganda resembles a campaign carried out in February by the city of Milan, Italy. The mayor of the city, Giuseppe Sala, acknowledged that he made a mistake by spreading the slogan “Milan does not stop”. The city is one of the most affected by the pandemic in the European country, which yesterday surpassed the mark of 5,000 killed by the disease.

A group of parliamentarians, which includes Senator Alessandro Vieira (Cidadania-SE) and Congresswoman Tabata Amaral (PDT-SP), said yesterday that they will file a lawsuit with the Supreme Court (STF) against the campaign. The argument is that the play contradicts specialists and is a crime for damaging the health of Brazilians. In a letter sent to the president, the National Front of Mayors also demanded explanations and threatened to go to court.

The Presidency’s Communication Secretariat said in a statement that the video was “experimental in character” and “that there was no expense or cost” in its production. Secom also informed that the video is not related to the hiring for R $ 4.9 million of an advertising agency without bidding.

Members of the Planalto Palace attributed the disclosure of the video to a leak in the secretariat itself, led by Fabio Wajngarten – who is in quarantine after being contaminated by the covid-19.

Source: https://www.time24.news/t24/2020/03/brazil-cannot-stop-campaign-raises-political-tension-in-the-country.html

Rio MPF asks Federal Justice to suspend government campaign on coronavirus | Rio de Janeiro

The Federal Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro (PF-RJ) entered this Friday (27) with action in the Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro to ask for the immediate suspension of the federal government campaign entitled “Brazil cannot stop”. Twelve attorneys sign the document.

1 – Unlawfully, as a provisional emergency relief (art. 300, CPC), for which the requirements of legal relevance and urgency have already been demonstrated, determine to the defendant UNIÃO:

The) Refrain from broadcasting, by radio, television, newspapers, magazines, websites or any other medium, physical or digital, advertising pieces related to the campaign “Brazil cannot stop”, or any other that suggests to the Brazilian population behaviors that are not strictly based on technical guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Health, based on public documents, from renowned scientific entities in the field of epidemiology and public health;

B) Refrain from sharing in any official profile linked to the federal government in social networks, messaging applications and any other digital channel, or in any other way promoting the dissemination of information that is not strictly based on scientific evidence, in accordance with previous request;

ç) Disseminate, within 24 hours, in all channels, physical or digital, of social communication, and mass shootings in social networks and messaging applications, official note, in written, spoken (“audios”) and filmed (“audios”) videos ”), in which it recognizes that the advertising campaign” Brazil cannot stop “is not based on scientific information, so its content should not be followed by the population or by the authorities, as a basis for decisions related to public health;

d) Promote an information campaign about the forms of transmission and prevention of Covid-19, according to the current technical recommendations, within 15 days, counting from the summons of the decision that determines the measure.

2 – Until the disclosure mentioned in the previous item is made and as a precautionary and enforcement measure by subrogation, the companies responsible for the social networks “Facebook”, “Twitter”, “YouTube” and “Instagram” and the applications “WhatsApp” and “Telegram” messages so that:

The) promote acts aimed at preventing the traffic of audio, video and image content related to the “O Brasil Não Pode Parar” campaign in their applications and social networks, through a technical solution that does not allow successful uploading or publication of the materials of campaign, ceasing the measure as soon as the measures contained in subitems “a”, “b” and “c” of item “1” are carried out;

B) use appropriate technical solutions so that it is not possible to index content (“tag”) or aggregate multiple posts from third-party users of social networks and messaging applications using the “#voltabrasil” or “#obrasilnaopodeparar”, or “# oBrasil NãoParPar ”.

ç) periodically, through their applications and social networks, including mass shootings of messages, as a counter-advertisement measure, for the purpose of clarifying the Brazilian population, the following message: “Social distance should be maintained until Brazil has sufficient tests and scientific basis for gradual resumption of activities. Countries that have been slow to do so have recorded thousands of deaths and collapses in their health systems because of Covid-19. Stay at home. Help save lives ”.

It requires that all the above requests made against the defendants be determined under penalty of a fine of not less than R $ 100,000.00 (one hundred thousand reais) per day or for violation, as the case may be. Requires a summons from the defendant to attend the conciliation hearing (CPC, art. 334).

It requires, as a DEFINITIVE PROTECTION, confirmation of the plaintiff as provisional protection and, finally, the conviction of the defendant in collective moral damages, in an amount to be arbitrated by this Federal Court, striving for a value of not less than R $ 10 million (ten million reais), equivalent to double the amount destined to be spent on the inappropriate advertising campaign (extract from waiver of bidding 1/2020 – UASG 110319, published in the Federal Official Gazette of March 26, 2020).

It gives the cause the value of R $ 10,000,000.00 (ten million reais).

Action in Federal Court of DF
Before MPF-RJ, three lawmakers had already filed a lawsuit with the Federal Court of the Federal District to ask for the campaign to be suspended.

In the action, Senator Alessandro Vieira (Citizenship – SE) and deputies Felipe Rigoni (PSB-ES) and Tabata Amaral (PDT-SP) also request that the waiver of bidding for the realization of advertising be declared null, with full refund of spent resources. The process will be processed at the 13th Federal Court.

In a note released this Friday afternoon, the Secretariat of Social Communication (Secom) of the Presidency of the Republic denies the existence of a campaign (read the full note at the end of this article).

A 1min26 video is circulated on social networks, reiterating the message “Brazil cannot stop”. The video, shared by Bolsonar parliamentarians, such as deputies Daniel Silveira (PSL-RJ), one of the deputy government leaders in the Chamber, and Eder Mauro (PSD-PA), ends with the image of the federal government logo.

In the note, the Secretariat of Social Communication states that “this is a video produced on an experimental basis, therefore, at zero cost and without evaluation and approval by Secom. The piece would be an initial proposal for possible use on social networks, which would have to pass by the Government’s scrutiny. It was never approved or broadcast on any official channel of the Federal Government “.

Launched in the midst of the new coronavirus pandemic, the propaganda piece encourages the isolation of the elderly and people who are part of risk groups, but only the distance between other people.

The recommendations of the international health authorities, however, are the isolation of people and the cleaning of everything that people touch to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

On Friday, the Ministry of Health released the latest balance of cases of Covid-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus Sars-Cov-2. The main figures are:

92 deaths
3,417 confirmed cases
2.7% is the lethality rate
São Paulo concentrates 1,223 cases, and Rio, 493.
Read below the full note published by the Presidency of the Republic’s Secretariat for Social Communication:

The Special Secretariat for Social Communication of the Presidency of the Republic (Secom) informs that, based on a video that has been circulating on social networks since yesterday, some media outlets have mistakenly published and without first consulting Secom on the veracity of the information, which it was a new institutional campaign by the Federal Government.

It is a video produced on an experimental basis, therefore, at zero cost and without Secom’s evaluation and approval. The piece would be an initial proposal for possible use on social networks, which would have to pass the Government’s scrutiny. It did not get approved or broadcast on any official channel of the Federal Government.

It should be noted, for the avoidance of doubt, that there is no Federal Government campaign with the video message being broadcast for the time being, and therefore, there was no expense or cost in this regard.

It should also be noted that the disclosure of contract values ​​signed by Secom and its link to the alleged campaign is not supported by the facts. Even so, they were touted by the same press bodies, which did not check them or confirm the information, thus acting irresponsibly.

Rio MPF asks Federal Justice to suspend government campaign on coronavirus | Rio de Janeiro

Quarantine could save up to 1 million in Brazil, calculates Imperial College

A study published today by Imperial College, a renowned science, technology and medicine institution in London, compares possible scenarios for the evolution of the new coronavirus (covid-19) in Brazil. Between the worst and the best chance, the difference in the death toll would be 1.05 million people.

The English university calculates the consequences of 14 possible scenarios for facing the pandemic: 11 with mitigation actions, in which there would be more infected and more fatal victims; and another three with suppression actions, where the consequences would be less.

 

The best calculated scenario would be with 75% of the entire population in quarantine, tests for all suspected patients and, as a consequence, a “flattening” of the infected curve. At this level, if Brazil managed to get deaths at the rate of two per week for every million inhabitants, in the end the number of deaths by covid-19 in the country would not exceed 44.3 thousand. Under these conditions, about 250 thousand people would pass through hospitals; at the peak of the pandemic, there would be a demand for 72,000 beds at the same time.

 

In the worst case scenario, if no one is quarantined and the tests are not multiplied, each infected patient will have contact with a greater number of people. Under these conditions, there would be up to 188 million contaminated (equivalent to 88% of the entire Brazilian population) and 1.1 million dead. More than 6.2 million people would pass through hospitals in the country because of the coronavirus.

 

In quarantine scenarios for the elderly only, the number of deaths would vary between 322 thousand and 530 thousand, depending on the transmission rate and public health measures.

 

The social isolation only of the elderly and other at-risk groups was defended this week by President Jair Bolsonaro (without a party). The London University study does not calculate this specific scenario.

 

Imperial College takes into account four possible transmission rates (from 2.4 to 3.3 new cases for each infected person) and three different types of isolation (none, just the elderly or the entire population). It also takes into account collective health measures, such as the availability of tests and the isolation of confirmed cases.

 

The study concludes that “the rapid adoption of proven public health measures, including testing, case isolation and greater social distance” are essential to contain the impact of the pandemic. This is what would “flatten” the contaminated curve, which would reduce the burden on hospitals and consequently reduce the proportion of deaths per week – one of the variables calculated by Imperial College.

 

“Our findings suggest that all countries face a choice between intensive and expensive measures to suppress transmission or risk that health systems quickly become overburdened,” warns one of the study’s authors, Dr. Patrick Walker. “The results highlight that rapid, decisive and collective action will now save millions of lives,” he says.

 

Researchers estimate that if there was no preventive measure against covid-19, the virus would infect up to 7 billion people worldwide (91% of the world population) and make up to 40 million fatal victims.

Brazil has 3,600 respirators out of operation

Amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus and the race to buy more respirators to serve critically ill patients, Brazil has 3,600 of these devices out of operation due to problems such as lack of maintenance. This is shown by a survey carried out by the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo in the database of the National Register of Health Establishments (CNES), maintained by the Ministry of Health on the Datasus portal.

The balance shows the existence of 65,411 respirators / mechanical ventilators in public and private hospitals in the country, of which 61,772 are in use and the rest, stopped. The number of devices that cannot be used is 5.6% of the total. Respirators are equipment considered essential for the treatment of patients who have severe coronavirus disease.

The state of São Paulo, which has the largest number of covid-19 cases and deaths in the country so far, is the one with the most disused respirators: 770 (4.2%). In Rio de Janeiro, the second state with the most contaminated by the coronavirus, 545 devices are stopped, or 7.2% of the total.

In percentage numbers, Roraima is the Federation unit with the highest rate of out-of-operation devices: 30.3% of the 152 respirators in the state are not in use. “They are broken equipment, in maintenance, but that could be recovered. It would be a great strategy to reactivate these devices at this time ”, comments intensive care physician Ederlon Rezende, from the advisory board of the Brazilian Association of Intensive Medicine (Amib).

He states that the price of each new type device ranges from R $ 50,000 to R $ 90,000. According to the expert, although the complexity of the repairs depends on the type of failure and the availability of spare parts, the repair is not usually time consuming.

The recovery of products would leave the country less dependent on the acquisition of new respirators at a time when world demand grows significantly without the industry being able to meet it. According to Rezende, the repair can be quick and is usually cheaper.

As the State showed on Thursday, the Ministry of Health consulted equipment manufacturers on the possibility of purchasing 15,000 new respirators. The industry’s response was that availability for immediate delivery is “virtually nil”.

According to an entity that brings together manufacturers, the industries would be able to start supplying new units in about 15 days, when Brazil will already be in the peak phase of the disease, according to projections by specialists and the Ministry of Health.

Repair

Facing the scenario, General Motors yesterday announced a task force to repair devices that are not in operation due to some kind of problem. Participating in the group are representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Senai, Brazilian Association of Clinical Engineering (Abeclin), other automakers, such as Mercedes-Benz, and auto parts manufacturers.

The company is already preparing specific areas at the factories in São Caetano do Sul, São José dos Campos (SP), Gravataí (RS), Joinville (SC) and its testing center in Indaiatuba, also in the interior of São Paulo, to carry out the respirator repairs. With the help of Senai, General Motors is also training technical personnel for the task online.

Justice suspends decree that included churches in “essential services”

Judge Márcio Santoro Rocha, from the 1st Federal Court of Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro, suspended the decree of the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, which included churches and lottery houses as essential services and which allowed them to function normally during quarantine.

“Access to churches, religious and lottery temples stimulates the agglomeration and circulation of people”, wrote the federal judge in the decision that is valid for the whole country and that runs over the authority of the Executive Branch.

In the text, the magistrate also states that it is “clear that the decree jeopardizes the effectiveness of the isolation and flattening measures of the covid-19 case curve, which are notorious facts and widely reported by the press, which comes, register, performing their right to inform with mastery and exemption ”.

The judge also argued that “such measures are fundamental so that the Health System – public and private – does not collapse, with the unpredictable extent of the tragic consequences that this can lead to”.

He also states in the decision that “the right to religion, like any other, is not absolute and can be limited due to other rights”.

The decision was based on a public civil action brought by the prosecutor Julio José Araujo Junior, of the Federal Public Ministry of Rio de Janeiro.

 

Ministry of Health announces 92 deaths from coronavirus and 3417 cases

March 28, 2020

The country confirmed 502 new cases in 24 hours, the highest number since the first Covid-19 record.

This Friday 27, the Ministry of Health released a new assessment of coronavirus cases in the country. There are 3417 confirmed cases to date and 92 deaths. There are 15 more deaths compared to the last balance sheet, and 502 new confirmed cases. The number of confirmations is the highest since the first Covid-19 record in the country.
The Southeast region concentrates the majority of cases in the country, 1952 (57%), followed by the Northeast 593 (16%), South 463 (14%), Midwest 318 (9%) and North, with 145 cases (4% ).

São Paulo remains the state with the most confirmed cases, 1223. In Rio de Janeiro, there are 493 confirmations. In Ceará, 282; Distrito Federal, 230; Rio Grande do Sul, 195; and Minas Gerais, 189.