Hospitals in Brazil’s city São Paulo is near collapsing
The mayor of Brazil’s biggest city, São Paulo, has said its health system could could fall in as demand grows for emergency beds to deal with coronavirus pandemic.
Bruno Covas said the city’s public hospitals has get as far as 90% and could run out of space in about two weeks.
São Paulo is one of the country’s worst-hit regions, with almost 3,000 deaths so far.
On Saturday, Brazil surpass Spain and Italy to become the nation with the fourth largest number of infections.
The health ministry confirmed 7,938 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking the toll above 241,000. Only the US, Russia and the UK have higher numbers.
The number of death in the Latin American nation over 24 hours was 485, meaning that the toll of deaths is 16,118 – the world’s fifth-highest figure.
Health experts in Brazil have alerted that the real number of recorded infections in the country may be far higher than the official records, due to a lack of testing.
Mr Covas said he was now in calamity talks with the state governor over bringing forward a strict lockdown to try to slow the contagion before hospitals were overwhelmed.
The governor of São Paulo state controls the police, and his support will be of great importance if a lockdown is to be victorious.
São Paulo has the population of about 12 million, and official figures show that the majority of inhabitants have been going against social distancing rules.