The governor of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, used his social networks to defend this Saturday the effectiveness of the social isolation measures adopted in the fight against coronavirus. Had he not adopted any control over the movement of people, the death toll in the state would have already exceeded 19,000, Witzel pointed out based on projections from the government agency.

In the post, the governor reproduces a graph prepared by the Civil Defense Secretariat of the Rio de Janeiro State Fire Command, showing that the number of deaths from the new coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro would have reached 19,280 on May 20, if not control measures had been adopted. With the social isolation measures in place, there were 3,079 deaths by covid-19 in the state in the period.

Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel. 5/5/2019. REUTERS / Adriano Machado

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“I regret every life lost to the covid-19, which has paralyzed the entire world. The SEDEC / CBMERJ projections show that if we had not taken the restrictive measures on March 16, our scenario would have been much sadder. to the virus, “said Witzel on Twitter this Saturday afternoon.

The latest information from the Ministry of Health, referring to May 22, shows that Rio de Janeiro had 33,589 confirmed cases of the disease and 3,657 dead, with a lethality rate of 10.9%, as reported this Saturday by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) on the website of the agency on the panorama of the coronavirus across the country.

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