Brazil confirmed 807 new deaths from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 23,473, while the cases now amount to 374,898, as reported on Monday by the Ministry of Health.

In the same period, the country added 11,687 new infections, making it the second in the world with more cases, behind only the United States, which has some 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The southeastern region of Brazil, the most populated, remains the epicenter of the pandemic in the country, with 140,250 cases and 11,020 deaths, of which the state of Sao Paulo, where some 46 million people live, concentrates almost 85,000 of the total infected and 6,220 deceased.

It is followed by Rio de Janeiro, with some 40,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths, which did not prevent several cities in Rio de Janeiro from starting a gradual reopening of their activities in recent days.

The coronavirus pandemic also seems to be accelerating in the impoverished Brazilian northeast, an area made up of 9 of the country’s 27 states and which now totals around 130,000 cases, with more than 7,000 deaths.

In that region, the most critical situation is in the states of CearĂ¡, with 2,493 deceased and where some cities such as the capital Fortaleza are under absolute confinement, and Pernambuco, which has 2,248 deaths.

The scenario of Maranhao is also worrying, which has 784 deaths and more than 22,000 cases of coronavirus and where the regional government announced a “gradual and safe” process of liberation of economic activities in the state as of this Monday, after three weeks of the so-called “lockdown”.

Already in the north of the country, the Amazonian ParĂ¡, who has also just emerged from mass confinement, tops the list of states with the most deaths (2,372), while the neighboring Amazon, whose funeral system begins to recover after the collapse of some weeks, records 1,781 deaths.

CITIES TRIAL REOPENING DESPITE THE PEAK HAS NOT REACHED

Despite the rapid escalation in both the number of cases and deaths, various Brazilian cities have begun in recent days the gradual reopening of their activities.

On Monday, there were registered crowds and queues of people waiting to access the interior of stores in various locations, such as Duque de Caxias, the second municipality with the most deaths in Rio de Janeiro, and Niteroi, where beauty salons, Real estate, hotels and mechanical workshops began to operate under some sanitary protocols.

For his part, in the city of Rio, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, the evangelical pastor Marcelo Crivella, extended the social isolation measures for another week, although he guaranteed that the churches and religious temples in the “Wonderful City” will work again.

Already in Sao Paulo, Governor Joao Doria announced that the social isolation measures will be “intelligent” and “heterogeneous” from June 1, when the end of the quarantine in force from March 24 is expected, obeying the particular characteristics from each region of the state.

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