Brazil cancels New Year’s parties due to Omicron variant, the fear of what has already been experienced with the pandemic led the country to consider public parties as a risk, or what ten regional capitals have been suspended, this after it was confirmed on Wednesday that the new variant of COVID-19 reached the country.
In recent days, the mayors of at least 12 of the 27 capitals of Brazil, including Salvador and Fortaleza, announced the cancellation of the events and concerts that were scheduled to receive 2022 and the list increases every day.
And it is that when the country seemed to recover a little of normality, Brazil confirmed three cases of the Omicrón variant, which was identified for the first time in the world in South Africa on November 25.
Brazil cancels New Year’s parties due to Omicron variant
On Tuesday, the first two cases of omicron were identified in Brazilian territory, which is why Brazil now cancels New Year’s parties due to an omicron variant.
The immunologist and professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Ester Sabino, stressed that “very little” is still known about omicron, but said that “This new variant is really very strange.”
What is known about those infected in Sao Paulo
- A 41-year-old man, a missionary living in South Africa
- A 37-year-old woman, a missionary living in South Africa
The couple arrived in their country of origin for a visit on November 23 and tested positive two days later, November 25, the date that the variant was confirmed in South Africa.
- Third case confirmed on Wednesday, December 1: a 29-year-old from Ethiopia.
There are two other possible cases of the omicron variant in Minas Gerais and the Federal District of Brasilia.
Parties in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo
Brazil cancels New Year’s parties for the Ómicron variant, but in Rio de Janeiro, where before the pandemic millions of people gathered on its iconic beaches to celebrate the Réveillon, and Sao Paulo, the most populated city in the country, They continue with the idea of celebrating New Year’s Eve in style.
The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, spoke along the same lines and claimed that, today, epidemiological indicators indicate that the situation is under control.
“We are not going to leave canceling things, I will not create panic in the population, I will follow what the scientific committee determines”, Paes.
This when the Government of Jair Bolsonaro, has suspended flights with South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe, but has refused to expand that list to four more countries in Africa, as recommended by the National Health Surveillance Agency.
COVID-19 in Brazil
Brazil cancels New Year’s parties due to the Omicron variant and it is no wonder, as soon as the country is having a truce with the pandemic.
COVID-19 left 615 thousand dead and more than 22 million infected, just in November the daily average remained below 300 deaths, but in April it reached more than 3 thousand, in the middle of the worst phase of the second wave.
Vaccination is being the great ally, 75% of the 213 million Brazilians have the first dose in the arm and 63% have completed the dose.
The immunologist Sabino believes that Brazil could experience a rebound in cases as the population’s immunity declines, but she considers that the scenario is different from that of Europe, because here “many have been infected and are already vaccinated, which greatly increases immunity ”.
On the fact that Brazil cancels New Year’s parties due to the Omicron variant, he says that the authorities should influence the completion of the vaccination, advance with the booster dose and, above all, persevere in “day-to-day care”, such as the use of the mask, which Rio has already released on the street and Sao Paulo is studying to do so from the 11th.
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