The decision overturned a preliminary injunction issued last Wednesday (24) that complied with a request from the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) to bar foreigners from any country with official numbers of deaths or contagions from the new coronavirus from entering the capital of Ceará.
The injunction expanded the State’s control over the arrival of foreigners. On March 19, the Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic had issued an Ordinance that restricted, for a period of 30 days, entry to Brazil, via foreigners from eight countries. The United States, however, was not on the list.
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According to the AGU, the stricter restriction was hurting Latam’s operations. In addition to this Thursday’s flight, the company foresees the arrival of 15 international flights in Fortaleza, with a total capacity of 3,742 passengers. The routes are expected for the next seven days.
In TRF5, the AGU argued that by extending the terms of the ordinance, the first-degree judge “assumed competencies that belong to the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) and Ministries of Health, the Civil House and Infrastructure “.
AGU also said that the decision was “an affront to the separation of powers and that the radical suspension of regular air and road passenger transport could make even the return of Brazilian citizens abroad impossible”.