Five Months after 1st case, Covid Reaches 98% of Brazilian Cities

Country has only 128 municipalities without the disease

Brasília and São Paulo

Five months after Brazil confirmed its first coronavirus case, Brazil now has 98% of its municipalities reporting Covid-19 cases. The number of cities still without cases decreases day after day.

Data from the Ministry of Health, tabulated by Folha, point to at least 5,442 cities with confirmed cases of Covid-19. In contrast, only 128 still had no records as of July 30.

São Paulo (Foto: Zanone Fraissat/Folhapress, COTIDIANO)

As a comparison, three months earlier, in late April, the total number of cities with at least one Covid case was 2,072. In May, the number rose to 4,074, or 73%, and, at the end of June, to 5,096, or 91%. Now, it is approaching almost 100%.

According to 2019 numbers, about 209 million people lived in municipalities with confirmed cases. The cities without a case had 599 thousand inhabitants. According to the IBGE, this year, the country's population reached 211.8 million people.

This change in coronavirus records shows that the virus is moving to the country's interior.

Currently, Covid concentrates 58% of the most recent cases in interior cities, versus 42% in capitals and metropolitan regions. It is the reverse of what happened until the end of May this year.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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