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The Brazilian cities chosen by Argentines to spend the summer, on alert for coronavirus infections

The start of the summer season and the spread of the Ómicron variant in different countries of the world turned out to be, for Latin America, an explosive combo. Particularly for Turistic cities, where the increase in coronavirus cases, added to the arrival of visitors, generated a chaos in the healthcare system.

It is happening in various areas of the Atlantic Coast, such as Mar del Plata, Villa Gesell or Pinamar. But also in many others in Brazil: one of the destinations most chosen by Argentines, where the most crowded places are hit by the contagion overload.

Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis, Camboriú, Buzios and Salvador These are some of the beaches where both health and testing centers have collapsed due to the third wave of covid-19 that has hit the region since early 2022.

As reported from Santa Catarina – the border state with Misiones that includes several of the favorite places to vacation – they are at a time of “Lack of control of the pandemic”.

Long lines to test in Rio de Janeiro.

So much so that the authorities vacations and licenses for doctors and nurses were suspended of public hospitals since they cannot cope with patient care.

Designated swab spaces are also not sufficient. Therefore, tourists are forced to look for the self-test in pharmacies, at a cost that starts from 120 reais, about 22 dollars.

In destinations like Camboriú, the primary care system collapsed and the tests in the pharmacies were exhausted.

Florianópolis is another of the tourist destinations affected by the increase in cases.

Florianópolis is another of the tourist destinations affected by the increase in cases.

A similar situation is living in Salvador, the capital of Bahia, and its area of ​​influence such as Praia do Forte or Morro de Sao Paulo, where before there were 30 average daily cases of coronavirus, and now they jumped to 112 on the 3rd and 111 on the 4th. January, a number that is believed to be underestimated due to the lack of testing, reported Telam.

To the context is added another problem that Brazil has been going through since December: in addition to an unprecedented outbreak of influenza in several cities, it does not have complete data on the advance of the coronavirus in its territory for a a database hack. A fact that prevents them from having the real dimension of what is happening.

It should be noted that the country chaired by Jair Bolsonaro is one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, since it is the second in number of deaths from covid-19 and the third in contagions in the world.

Argentine tourists need to present vaccination certificate with at least two doses against the disease, both to enter the neighboring country and to carry out activities such as the visit to Christ the Redeemer.

Night curfew and prohibition

The city of Amparo, in the state of San Pablo, became the first to decree, as of this Friday and until January 31, a night curfew with a dry law and restrictions on social gatherings to prevent new infections.

In this framework, it will oblige all businesses, including bars and restaurants, to close its doors at 23.

Due to the increase in infections, swabs are not enough in Brazil.

Due to the increase in infections, swabs are not enough in Brazil.

In addition, social activities, events and parties, including home meetings, and the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public roads will be prohibited throughout the day.

First deceased by Ómicron

Brazil reported on Thursday its first fatality from Ómicron, the new variant of the coronavirus. This is a 68-year-old man who, despite having the three doses of the vaccine, could not resist the infection of this strain of Covid-19.

The man, who died in Aparecido de Goiania, a municipality in the state of Goiás, could be the first fatal victim of the Ómicron variant in Latin America, since, so far, no other country on the continent has reported a death from that cause.

According to the mayor of the municipality, the deceased patient had received the two regulatory doses of the vaccination schedule and a third booster, but suffered from various comorbiditiessuch as high blood pressure and chronic lung disease.

Telam Fountain

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