Amid the Brazil's Economy Reopening, Six States Have over 80% of ICUs Occupied

Between April and June, bed occupancy for Covid-19 grew in 22 states

Amid a scenario of the gradual reopening of stores, shopping malls, and the resumption of football championships, six Brazilian states have an 80 percent occupancy rate of intensive care beds for patients with Covid-19.

The data, collected by Folha from the state governments, reveal a worsening scenario in the last two months. Of the 27 federation units, five had a percentage reduction in the occupancy of the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds for Covid-19 between April 17 and June 15.

The evolution also reflects a decrease in the differences in the scenarios of the states. Currently, all federation units have more than 50% bed occupancy for critically ill patients except Mato Grosso do Sul. In April, there were nine states.

EMÍLIO RIBAS HOSPITAL (Foto: Ronny Santos/Folhapress, CIDADES) - Ronny Santos/ Folhapress

This Monday (15) Acre, Rondônia, Espírito Santo and Rio Grande do Norte faced a critical scenario, with more than 80 percent of the ICU beds occupied. States such as Bahia, Mato Grosso, and Sergipe, on the other hand, are increasing their occupation of ICU beds, with the possibility of a collapse in the coming weeks.

States that have already reached the collapse of the health system, such as Amazonas, Pernambuco, Ceará and Rio de Janeiro, are beginning to have a cooling of the pressure on hospitals destined to the treatment of Covid-19.

Acre is the worst-off state: 90% of the 48 ICU beds for patients with Covid-19 occupied, and there is only one bed available in the capital. Subsequently, Pernambuco, Rondônia, Espirito Santo, Rio Grande do Norte, and Ceará have occupation rates above 80 percent.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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