By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Brazil’s Ministry of Health declared Friday the recognition of community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the national territory.

Brazil has 1,128 confirmed cases in 25 states of the country, in addition to the Federal District. There were also 18 deaths in the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

It is a fact that not all regions have the same level of transmission. The northern region, for example, to date, has 1.6% of the total cases in Brazil. However, the population of this region will not stop participating in the collective effort that is now adopted by Brazilians.

In practical terms, the declaration is a command from the Ministry of Health for all national managers to adopt measures to promote social distance and avoid agglomerations, known as non-pharmacological measures, that is, that do not involve the use of medicines or vaccines.

On Saturday, The President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, signed a Provisional Measure and decree that aim to guarantee the acquisition of goods, services and supplies destined to face the public health emergency of international importance resulting from the new coronavirus. Among other determinations, it regulates essential services that must not be interrupted during the period of fighting the disease.

The list includes:

I – health care, including medical and hospital services;

II – social assistance and assistance to the population in a state of vulnerability;

III – public and private security activities, including surveillance, custody and custody of prisoners;

IV – national defense and civil defense activities;

V – intercity, interstate and international passenger transportation and passenger transportation by taxi or application;

VI – telecommunications and internet;

VII – water collection, treatment and distribution;

VIII – sewage and garbage collection and treatment;

IX – generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and gas;

X – public lighting;

XI – production, distribution, commercialization and delivery, carried out in person or through electronic commerce, of health, hygiene, food and beverage products;

XII – funeral services;

XIII – custody, use and control of radioactive substances, nuclear equipment and materials;

XIV – surveillance and sanitary and phytosanitary certifications;

XV – prevention, control and eradication of plant pests and animal disease;

XVI – international agricultural surveillance;

XVII – air, water or land traffic control;

XVIII – bank clearing, credit and debit card networks, ATMs and other non-face-to-face services of financial institutions;

XIX – postal services;

XX – transportation and delivery of cargo in general;

XXI – services related to information technology and data processing (data center) to support other activities provided for in this Decree;

XXII – tax and customs inspection;

XXIII – cash transportation;

XXIV – environmental inspection;

XXV – production, distribution and sale of fuels and derivatives;

XXVI – monitoring of constructions and dams that may pose a safety risk;

XXVII – survey and analysis of geological data with a view to guaranteeing collective security, notably by warning of natural risks and floods and floods;

XXVIII – capital and insurance market;

XXIX – care for animals in captivity.


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