Florianopolis, a holiday destination during the summer season, started this week with almost all public ICU beds occupied: 98.51%. In Rio de Janeiro, also a holiday destination, the percentage reached 92%.
This week, there are eight Brazilian capitals with over 80% capacity in public ICU beds for Covid-19, according to Folha's survey with state governments and city halls in all states. There were six capital cities with severe coronavirus patients occupying more than 80% of the beds in mid-November.
Like Rio and Florianópolis, Northeastern capitals targeted by tourists in the summer are also concerned, in the case of Recife, with 87% of ICU beds with inpatients, and Natal, with 92.9%. They are on the list along with Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Vitória and Campo Grande.
In the face of high hospitalizations, states want to ban holiday parties and restrict bars and restaurants' operation.
In Santa Catarina, the occupation increased from 75.66%, in the last survey, to 86.5%. With the exception of the extreme west, the entire state is classified in red, which means a very serious risk for the disease.
Translated by Kiratiana Freelon