Drop in hospitalizations is ‘unmistakable sign’ of regression by the covid, says Doria

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São Paulo Governor João Doria (PSDB) said today that the state recorded an 11% drop in hospitalizations for covid-19 in the last epidemiological week (from 20 to 26 September). Thus, there are ten consecutive weeks of reduction, according to data from the State Health Department.

“It is an unmistakable sign that the disease is regressing solidly in the state of São Paulo,” said the governor. The number of hospitalizations is considered the main thermometer at the time of the pandemic, said Eduardo Ribeiro, executive secretary of the Department of Health.

All regions of the state have occupancy of covid-19 beds below 70%, according to the State Secretariat for Regional Development. Another relevant fact regarding hospitalizations is that, at the moment, the ICU occupancy rate is 44.7% in the state – the lowest percentage since the beginning of the health crisis.

The data also reveal that the last week showed a 16% decrease in the number of deaths compared to the previous week. Regarding the cases, there was a drop of 14%.

According to data from the State Department of Health, there are currently 3,930 people hospitalized for covid-19 in ICUs and 4,780 in hospital beds in São Paulo.

The cases of contamination by the new coronavirus in São Paulo amount to 973,142. New daily admissions averaged 1,125 in the past week, which also indicates an improvement in the pandemic, according to the secretariat. The state accumulates 35,125 deaths due to covid-19.

“It is never too much to remember that hospitalization is the most sensitive event in the thermometer of the pandemic’s progress, without this meaning that we must let our guard down,” said Eduardo Ribeiro, executive secretary of the portfolio.

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