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Wearing a mask is once again mandatory on public transport in SP

The use of a mask in public transport is mandatory again from this Saturday (26), in the capital São Paulo. The decision was taken based on the technical analysis of the Management Council of the State Secretariat for Science, Research and Development in Health to prevent the advancement of Covid-19 cases. The state government is recommending that the measure be adopted by all municipalities in the state, in addition to alerting the population so that everyone completes the vaccination cycle, which is important to ensure greater protection against the coronavirus and mitigate the effects of the virus.1669395916 418 ebc1669395916 831 ebc

To reinforce the measure and make the population aware of precautions to prevent and combat the spread of the coronavirus, the city hall of the capital of São Paulo began on Monday (21) to distribute masks at the 32 bus terminals in the city, from 7am to 10am. The action continues next week. So far, more than 350,000 masks have been distributed.

In six terminals (Santo Amaro, Vila Nova Cachoeirinha, Sacomã, Parque D. Pedro, Itaquera and Pinheiros) vaccination against Covid-19 for the population over 3 years old also takes place at the same time. Until this Thursday (24), 3,715 doses were applied in these places.

Vaccination is still available at all Basic Health Units (UBS) and Integrated Outpatient Medical Assistance (AMA/UBS) from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays at the Integrated AMA/UBS, from 7am to 7pm. The addresses of the units can be consulted in Busca Saúde on the City Hall page.

According to a note from the Management Council of the State Secretariat for Science, Research and Development in Health on the 23rd, hospitalizations due to Covid-19 in ward and ICU beds grew by 156% and 97.5% respectively in the last 14 days, reaching an average more than 400 new admissions per day.

“The rate of increase in admissions [5% ao dia para pacientes em UTI e 7% por dia para pacientes em enfermarias] and occupancy rates of ICU beds [44% no estado de São Paulo e 59% na região metropolitana de São Paulo] is accentuated and begins to put pressure on public and private health systems”says a note from the council.

According to the council, despite the high level in the metropolitan region of São Paulo, there is also an increase in the interior and coastal regions of the state, including health professionals being removed from work for being infected with Covid-19.

The council also alerts to the circulation of several subvariants of the Ômicron variant, with a predominance of subvariant BA.5 and progressive growth of cases related to subvariant BQ1.

“Hospitalizations refer mainly to older patients and/or with comorbidities or immunosuppressed, more vulnerable to decompensations and complications related to infection by Sars-Cov-2, which allows us to predict an increase in deaths in the coming weeks”informs the council.

According to a survey by the council, there are at least 10 million adults who have not taken the first booster dose and 7 million without the second booster dose, and there is a need to increase vaccination coverage for children and adolescents.

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