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São Paulo once again requires the use of masks in public transport

Residents of the State of São Paulo were forced to resume the use of masks against Covid-19 on public transport starting this Saturday, the 26th. The decision was taken after the recommendation of the Management Council of the State Secretariat for Science, Research and Development in Health, based on the current epidemiological scenario of the disease.

The government determined that the measure be adopted in buses, trains and subways in all municipalities in the state. According to the Council, the increase in hospitalizations by 5% per day for ICU patients and 7% per day in the case of wards is starting to “put pressure on public and private health systems”.

On Tuesday 22, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) decided to return to the mandatory use of masks in airports and planes. The measure goes into effect across the country from tomorrow. In August of this year, the use of face protection masks was no longer mandatory in airports and aircraft in Brazil.

project against obligation

the federal deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro (PL-SP) reported that it will file a Draft Legislative Decree (PDL) against Anvisa’s decision to require the use of masks in airports and planes. The announcement was made on Wednesday 23, through a post on Twitter.

According to the congressman, the regulatory body’s measure is “imbecile”. The deputy also cited the Access to Information Law (LAI), the call or invitation of Anvisa leaders to the Chamber “or even motion of repudiation in state and municipal chambers” to question and try to stop the action of the sanitary control agency.

Other cases

In Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais, the use of masks against covid-19 will start on Friday the 18th. determination of the prefecture.

According to Municipal Secretary of Health, Cláudia Navarro, the positivity index of covid tests carried out in the capital of Minas Gerais jumped from 3% to 15% in the last three weeks. However, so far, there has been no increase in the rate of deaths, hospitalizations in Intensive Care Units or hospitalizations of children.

“During this period, we did not have an increase in these numbers, but, so that Belo Horizonte does not register this situation again, we are announcing the return of the mandatory use of masks”, said Cláudia, during a press conference held yesterday.

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