Covid-19 in the northeast of brazil: From lockdown to the relaxation of social distancing measures

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Even in the period when the Covid-19 pandemic was on the rise in the Northeast of Bra-zil, the relaxation of social distancing measures was introduced. The scope of the study is to assess, in the light of the epidemiological-sanitary situation in the region, the suitability of relaxation of social distancing measures. Based on the WHO guidelines for relaxation of social distancing, op-erational indicators were created and analyzed for each guideline in the context of the Northeast. To analyze the behavior of the epidemic, accord-ing to selected indicators, Joinpoint trend analysis techniques, heat maps, rate ratios and time trends between capitals and the state interior were com-pared. The weekly growth peak of the epidemic oc-curred in May-July 2020 (epidemiological weeks 19 to 31). In most capitals, there was no simultaneous downward trend in the number of cases and deaths in the 14 days prior to flexibilization. In all states the number of tests performed was insufficient. In epidemiological week 24, the state percentages of ICU/Covid-19 bed occupancy were close to or above 70%. The epidemiological situation of the nine Northeastern state capitals analyzed here did not meet criteria and parameters recommended by the World Health Organization for the relaxation of social distancing measures.

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Ximenes, R. A. de A., de Albuquerque, M. de F. P. M., Martelli, C. M. T., de Araújo, T. V. B., Miranda Filho, D. de B., de Souza, W. V., … Barreto, M. L. (2021). Covid-19 in the northeast of brazil: From lockdown to the relaxation of social distancing measures. Ciencia e Saude Coletiva, 26(4), 1441–1456. https://doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232021264.39422020

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