São Paulo Registers First Coronavirus Death

State investigates four other deaths; Bolsonaro asks Congress to recognize public calamity in the country


The city of São Paulo recorded its first death due to the coronavirus—a 62-year-old man who had diabetes and hypertension. Officials are investigating another four deaths.

The patient had been in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) of Hospital Sancta Maggiore, in Paradise, since Saturday (14) and died on Monday (16). He had no history of traveling abroad.

25 Marzo street, in São Paulo. Rivaldo Gomes/Folhapress, NAS RUAS - Folhapress

The number of confirmed cases in the country rose from 234 to 291 - 164 in SP. It also increased from 2,064 to 8,819, the number of records under investigation. In all, 16 states and DF have patients.

The Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, said that the country should face the peak of cases between 60 and 90 days. The estimate is that they will increase from April to June and will only stabilize from July.

At night, the Jair Bolsonaro government announced that it will ask Congress to recognize a state of public calamity, which will allow the government to exceed the fiscal budget.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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