Covid ICUs Have Low Occupancy in Most of Brazil

Only six states and the DF have more than 30% of beds for cases of the disease occupied

The number of intensive care unit beds that were previously exclusive to treat critical cases of Covid-19 are being gradually reduced with the drop in hospitalizations. Only six states —Goiás, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia and Santa Catarina— and the Federal District have more than 30% of their ICUs occupied with patients with the disease, according to a Folha survey based on data from this Monday.

Right after the Carnival holiday, the scenario was already gradually reducing at the beginning of March. At the time, only Sergipe and Espírito Santo registered percentages above 60% of beds used. The picture is very different from previous months when ICUs were crowded in different parts of Brazil. In January, for example, eight states and the DF had 80% occupancy rates in their exclusive beds for Covid cases.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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