21 Capital Cities in Brazil Have a 90% ICU Occupancy Rate

Critical picture is unprecedented since the beginning of the Folha survey, in May 2020

Curfews, lockdowns, more ICU beds and mega-holidays are failing to stop the high demand for ICUs for Covid-19 patients in the country.

Data from Monday (5) show 21 capitals with more than 90% of public ICU beds occupied with critical cases of the disease, a record since the beginning of the Folha survey in May 2020.

Belo Horizonte, Campo Grande, Rio Branco and Porto Velho have maximum capacity in intensive care beds. Only two Brazilian state capitals have a rate of less than 80%, as in Manaus (77%) and Boa Vista (48%).

Even with an additional 170 ICU beds and a week of early holidays to reduce the circulation of people across the state, Mato Grosso do Sul has not managed to reverse the overcrowding of hospitals, whose occupancy stands at 106%, causing some of the infected to be treated in makeshift ICU beds.

The alarming situation made the University Hospital allocate practically all of its beds to patients with Covid-19.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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