Governor João Doria announced on Friday (26th) the 23rd reclassification of regions in the São Paulo Pandemic Control Plan. The deteriorating coronavirus progression rate in rural areas leaves the Marílie and Ribeirão Preto areas in the red phase, with a complete restriction of irrelevant jobs and services. The regions of Araraquara, Barretos, Bauru and Presidente Prudente remain at this stage.
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Campinas, Greater Sao Paulo, Registro and Sorocaba have regressed to the orange phase, which also includes France, São José do Rio Preto, São João da Boa Vista and Taubaté. There has been an improvement in the Piracicaba region, which has gone into the yellow phase, where Araçatuba and Baixada Santista are still. The new reclassification takes effect on Monday (1st).
“I want to convey my solidarity, as a man, as a family man, to many who have lost relatives, friends, colleagues. By last night, we had lost 251,000 lives, of which 59,129 in Sao Paulo. It is the greatest tragedy in the country’s history, “said Doria. “The second wave is potentially more tragic than the first. This is a sad fact. For this reason, I ask that all who follow us in Sao Paulo adhere to the limitations and guidelines of the Plan of Sao Paulo. That is not reasonable, nor is there understanding for those who deny the seriousness of the current situation, “the governor added.
In the maximum limitation phase, there is only the normal functioning of pharmacies, markets, bakeries, shops, kiosks, petrol stations, laundries and hotels. Irrelevant trades and services can only be attended by door pick-ups, rides and delivery by phone or app.
Municipalities in the yellow phase areas can allow 40% occupancy in gyms, beauty salons, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, shopping malls, outlets, offices and state parks, with up to ten hours a day for restaurants and 12 hours for others. The face-to-face service must be closed at 10 pm in all sectors. In bars, the doors close earlier, at 8 p.m. Events that generate agglomeration, such as parties, ballads and shows, are still banned.
In the orange phase, the operation of non-essential services is limited to up to eight hours a day, with a maximum attendance of 40% of capacity and closure at 20 hours. Local consumption in bars is completely forbidden. More than 70% of the country’s population is in the orange phase.
Since the last reclassification, the 19th, in the yellow phase, the sale of alcoholic beverages in shops and restaurants has been allowed for another two hours, from 6 to 22 hours. In the orange and red phase, the limit remains between 6 and 20 hours. Only after the green phase, the mildest, can this commercialization be carried out again without current restrictions.
All health and safety protocols for economic sectors must be strictly adhered to. City councilors who refuse to follow the rules set by the state government are subject to court sanctions.
With weekly epidemiological data released on Friday, the national average rose from 287.9 to 279 new cases per 100,000 population. The rate of new hospitalizations rose from 46.3 to 50.4 per 100,000 population, and new deaths declined slightly, from 7.3 to 7 per 100,000 population.
The national average occupancy of ICU beds of critically ill patients in COVID-19 increased from 66.7% to 70.4%, from 20.5 areas per 100,000 inhabitants.
A summary with information on the reclassification of the Sao Paulo plan and epidemiological and hospital capacity indicators for each region is available at the link