Government must reopen 135 Covid-19 beds in Rio de Janeiro

Government must reopen 135 Covid-19 beds in Rio de Janeiro

On a visit today to the Federal Hospital of Bonsucesso and the Clementino Fraga Filho University Hospital, of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), known as Hospital do Fundão, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, announced the reopening of at least 135 hospital beds. ICU for patients with covid-19 in both units, in addition to the hiring of 1,700 health professionals for federal hospitals in Rio de Janeiro.Government must reopen 135 Covid-19 beds in Rio de Janeiro

According to the minister, these actions should take place in the coming days, in addition to the actions of the city hall and the state government in the fight against the pandemic.

Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, on a visit to federal hospitals in Rio de Janeiro

Marcelo Queiroga visiting federal hospitals in Rio de Janeiro – Fernando Brito / MS

“Of course, the virus is an unpredictable enemy and we cannot let our guard down. Brazil is lucky to have the Unified Health System (SUS), which has a tripartite organization, with the federal government, states and municipalities, so we need to be together”.

Queiroga also announced the extension of the cost of more than 14,000 adult and pediatric beds to serve patients with covid-19 across the country.

“Now, we have a new challenge due to this Ômicron variant. And, even if the cases seem less serious, we cannot underestimate a virus that has already killed many people. It is necessary to strengthen our back-up structure, especially in clinical and ICU beds”.

Epidemiological situation

In the city of Rio de Janeiro, the contagion by Ômicron shows signs that starts to decrease, while it increases in other parts of the state.

You Covid-19 cases in the city just in the first four weeks of the year, it has already surpassed 90% of the total cases registered in the whole of last year and reach 122% of the registered throughout 2020, the first year of the pandemic.

At the moment, the capital registers 634 people hospitalized for covid-19 in the public network, after reaching 956 last week. The city of Rio de Janeiro had 1,283 severe cases of the disease this year and 206 deaths.

In the country, data from the Ministry of Health, updated last night (28), indicate a total accumulated 25 million cases of covid-19 since March 2020, of which 2.7 million were registered in 2022, which corresponds to 12% of the sum of the first two years of the pandemic.

the panel Monitor Covid-19 from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) shows that the seven-day moving average in the registration of new cases in the country dropped to 3,100 around December 20, jumping to 182,200 on yesterday’s date.

In deaths, which amounted to 625,884 across the entire pandemic, the daily moving average dropped below 100 at the end of December and has now risen to 474 deaths per day on average, with 799 deaths recorded yesterday in Brazil.

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