The government is so concerned about the effects of restricted movement on the economy that it is now advocating a more lenient policy on quarantine. Members of the Ministry of Economy are touting the lenient policy even though they already a project a gradual easing of the quarantine from April 7.
The period refers to the end of the restriction imposed in the state of SÃ£o Paulo. Governor JoÃ£o Doria (PSDB) determined a 15-day quarantine until April 7. Only commercial establishments like food and health can remain open during this time. The ministry of the economy does not want the measure to be renewed, and there are plans to gradually free up other places in the country, so everything could "return to life."
Members of the economic team have avoided any direct talk about it. They prefer to say that they are, above all, following the debate around the topic.
Even so, they reveal the opinion already expressed by Minister Paulo Guedes (Economy) that, while the total liberation could overload the health system, a complete restriction could suffocate the economy.
"What can we do? Prevent draconian measures from being taken, and that generate very high costs upfront. At the moment, we cannot let the productive structure break down," said the secretary of Economic Policy, Adolfo Sachsida, in a conference with investors.
According to him, the right measures must be taken now to protect the economy not only this year but also in the following years. The secretary also affirmed that Brazil has chosen to announce measures in stages, and not in large packages like rich countries because there are not so many resources.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon