SAO PAULO (AP) – Large numbers of COVID-19 infected are stopping Samba in Brazil’s largest metropolis as the Argentine capital makes its way back to the tango floor.
The two largest cities in each of the neighboring South American countries are moving in the opposite direction, reflecting how those cities loosen restrictions, despite warnings from scientists looking at the epidemic as an epidemic. Where other cities continue to use social exclusion measures, the economy can be opened again more quickly.
São Paulo, home to nearly 12 million people, is in the worst two weeks in an outbreak and the increasing risk that a once resilient healthcare system will collapse, Gov. João Doria said. With reporters on Wednesday More than 75% of city intensive care beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients and some wards, such as Albert Einstein’s private hospital, were full for the first time.
Doria announced that the entire state, which is home to 46 million people, Saturday, will face the highest level of restrictions on arresting the virus outbreak. That would mean the closure of all bars, restaurants, malls and other establishments deemed unnecessary until at least March 19.
Meanwhile, nearly 3 million Buenos Aires residents are enjoying easing the restrictions, with permission to attend theaters taking effect this week. On Wednesday, official figures showed just 26% of COVID-19 cases.The low hospital admissions rate also allowed local authorities in mid-February to reopen bars and restaurants. Times until 2am, which has long been in demand in a city famous for its culture all the time.
This means that Buenos Aires’ famous steakhouse is on fire as the São Paulo steakhouse goes out.
Buenos Aires’ casinos are still reopening in late 2020 and officials are discussing whether the football-mad city will be able to return to the stadium anytime soon in Brazil, despite Bolsonaro pushing forward. Give football fans a return But no local authorities have yet taken the field seriously. The 48,000-seat NeoQuimica Stadium on the eastern side of São Paulo is used as a vaccination facility.
The good news from the São Paulo region came on Tuesday when football greats Pelé received the first COVID-19 vaccine.The 80-year-old posted the news on his social media channels.
“The outbreak is not over. We have to maintain discipline to save lives until more and more people are vaccinated, ”said the three-time World Cup winner.“ When you go out, remember to mask and keep your distance in society. ”
His supplications were significant even a year after the outbreak began, as Bolsonaro continued to doubt the effectiveness of the masks.
The distance between the two nations appeared to widen during the outbreak, with Argentina’s Bolsonaro and Alberto Fernandez adopting the opposite in tackling the crisis. The former has assessed disease risk and insisted on keeping a turbulent economy, while the latter took a more cautious approach.
Fernandez is scheduled to have one of the longest quarantines in the world between March and October, despite the risk of damaging the economy in a recession.
Over the past week, Brazil has killed 35 COVID-19 deaths per million inhabitants, almost three times that of Argentina.
Problems in São Paulo have worsened after the Carnival celebrations took place in mid-February. Although the street celebrations and parades have been canceled. But many of the Paulians, known, traveled or attended gatherings without hiding them. The city refused to allow traditional holidays during Carnival to prevent people from partying.
Izidoro Silveira, 34, had a job at a pizzeria in downtown Sao Paulo two months ago after losing his job almost a year.He was unhappy that his restaurant had closed.
“Those who deliver birth will not be hurt. But me and everyone else will have to, ”said happy Silvera as he watched the news broadcast about the shutdown.“ I don’t know what to tell my wife and daughter. I am afraid that I will lose my job again, even though I work in a precautionary setting. ”
Not too far, the cinema, located on Paulista Avenue’s main street, is as empty as it has been since the first outbreak.
Argentina’s simplicity doesn’t mean the virus is completely under control. Official figures for Wednesday showed 262 deaths and more than 8,700 new infections in the country. The vaccine was released late. But the overwhelming grief to see in São Paulo appears to be distant from Buenos Aires.
With a bag of popcorn in one hand and a soft drink in the other, 8-year-old Bautista Sundblat is eager to enter a cinema in Buenos Aires’ Palermo neighborhood to watch “Bad Boys Forever.”
“He’s very excited,” said his mother, Martina. “We’ve been waiting for a long time. There are few seats, everything is taken care of. He’s a movie fanatic. There is still a long way to go. But little by little we get to where we want to go. “
___ Rey reported from Buenos Aires.