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Canada Coronavirus: Rio resumes its activities in the middle of a pandemic

10:55  03 june  2020
10:55  03 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought countries to a standstill. In the state of Rio de Janeiro, some restrictions were lifted on Tuesday, allowing individuals to exercise on the Civil construction and corporate offices have resumed activities . Cultural and sporting events have resumed without

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Si les commerces ont pu réouvrir à Rio de Janeiro, les temples et et églises comme la Candelaria ont dû restés fermés. © MAURO PIMENTEL / AFP If businesses have been able to reopen in Rio de Janeiro, temples and churches like Candelaria must have remained closed.

In the past week, Brazil has registered more than a thousand deaths a day and has not yet reached its peak, according to experts. But the mayor of Rio de Janeiro announced a partial and gradual reopening from Tuesday, June 2. A very controversial measure among scientists and the public.

With our correspondent in Rio de Janeiro, Sarah Cozzolino

Car dealers, furniture and decoration stores reopened on Tuesday. However, the temples and churches had to remain closed following a court decision to contradict the plans of the evangelical mayor of Rio , Marcelo Crivella.

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At Copacabana, Sandro Aurelio, pharmacist, is impressed by the movement on the streets. "I saw a lot of people playing sports along the beach, much more than a few days ago," says Sandro. I find it irresponsible on the part of our leaders. We are not even at the peak of contamination yet and there is this relaxation. »

Sacrifice of part of the population?

A relaxation strongly criticized by the scientific community. Public hospitals in Rio are still overcrowded, with 86% of intensive care beds occupied. For Atila Iamarino, a doctor in microbiology, the reopening plan is a plan to sacrifice part of the population.

"Resuming activities now, in an epidemiological situation like ours, is not putting customers at risk," explains the microbiologist. These are the people who have to take the subway, the bus, the drivers, the cleaning staff, the salespeople ... these are the people who are going to get sick.

At Brazil , the lack of testing does not allow a reliable estimate of the number of cases, which could be up to 15 times higher than the official figures, according to some experts. The epidemic peak is expected for the month of June.

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