By Rodrigo Viga Gaier

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 19 (Reuters) – Seashores within the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro might be closed this weekend, based on a municipal decree handed on Friday, because the native authorities seeks to stem the unfold of the COVID-19 pandemic .

The measures take impact at midnight on Friday, prohibiting all actions from sports activities to sunbathing and swimming. They’re legitimate till Monday.

Even with a rising variety of infections and deaths in Brazil’s second-largest metropolis, locals have flocked to the breaches, particularly on sunny weekends. The state authorities shut them down final 12 months, however the measure was rapidly lifted.

Parking of automobiles alongside the shore can also be prohibited beneath the decree, and authorities ought to carry boundaries to dam vacationer buses.

Hospitals in Rio de Janeiro reached 95% capability on Thursday, as affected person admissions to intensive care models have skyrocketed in current days. Rio de Janeiro has recorded almost 217,000 circumstances of COVID-19 and almost 20,000 deaths linked to the virus. Greater than 287,000 folks have died throughout Brazil.

It’s estimated that half 1,000,000 folks have been vaccinated in Rio de Janeiro, or 7.4% of the inhabitants, based on authorities information, greater than the nationwide common. (Report by Rodrigo Viga Gaier written by Ana Mano)

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