Even with Covid-19 Still Spreading, Half of Large Cities Resume Normal Movement

Coronavirus transmission only decreased in 43% of the municipalities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants

Half of the large cities in Brazil have left quarantine and resumed normal movement in the workplace. The Covid-19 epidemic, however, only receded in 43% of those.

In 171 (53%) of the 324 Brazilian municipalities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants, people's flow in their workplaces in the last week was greater, equal to or even 10% less than that registered before the pandemic. The numbers are provided by Google, based on anonymous user location data.

Osasco city. Rivaldo Gomes/Folhapress - Folhapress

According to the Folha monitor, which measures the pace of growth of the epidemic based on data from the last 30 days, 57% of these cities with an increase in the flow of people registered an accelerated increase in new cases or had a stable number of new diagnoses, but in a level considered high.

This is the case of Campo Grande, one of the six capitals to return to normal jobs in the middle of the pandemic. The city, which had to close trade in July to try to slow the spread of the disease, today falls into the stable category - when the number of new cases is constant, but still in significant volume.

Manaus, Porto Velho, Boa Vista, Rio Branco, and São Luís, which also have normal movement, are reducing the pace of contagion, but the situation is not yet under control.

Florianópolis is currently the most isolated city. The flow of jobs in the last week was 30% less than at the beginning of the year. At the height of the quarantine, in March, it was 71% lower than before the arrival of the coronavirus.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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