For the First Time since April, Brazil Shows Decelerated Coronavirus Contagion

Imperial College calculations show a transmission rate below 1, after 16 consecutive weeks above that level; result does not yet indicate stability in control


For the first time in almost four months, Brazil recorded a decelerated Coronavirus transmission rate, according to calculations by the epidemic control center at Imperial College. For the week that started on Sunday (16), the contagion rate - which shows how many people on average, each infected person transmits the pathogen - was calculated at 0.98.

Every 100 people infected with the new coronavirus infect another 98, who, in turn, pass the pathogen to 96, who transmits it to 94, slowing the contagion.

Soldiers from the 4th Military Region of the Brazilian Armed Forces are seen cleaning the outside as they take part in the cleaning and disinfection of the Municipal Market in the Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil on August 18, 2020, amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by DOUGLAS MAGNO / AFP) - AFP

The new Brazilian situation does not yet mean, however, a stabilized control of transmission. Contagion may grow as people become more optimistic and circulate in higher numbers.

Ecuador and Bolivia, which had managed to reduce their indexes, returned this week to an acceleration phase, with 1.16 and 1.05, respectively. The same is true in European countries such as Spain, Russia and France.

In addition to Brazil, the only country with a transmission rate below 1 is Chile, with 0.85. The Andean country completed the eighth week with controlled contagion, according to Imperial College, while Brazil left the red zone for the first time after 16 consecutive weeks of transmission rate above 1.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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