Sao Paulo eases the restrictions of the virus after a month

Officials in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo on Monday received ingredients for the production of five million doses of Coronavac COVID-19 vaccine, an important step in a reopening plan that began late last week. The development came after more than a month of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the infection.

While receiving vaccine supplies, Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria said the reopening was a scientific decision based on scientific guidelines, not political. Residents and business owners were outraged by restrictions demanding that restaurants, bars, clubs and public gatherings be severely restricted.

In March, Brazilian health authorities reported an increase in COVID-19 infections that reached over 4,000 a day. But Sao Paulo is recording a steady decline in weekly contagion, figures authorities say could allow for relaxation regarding restrictions. 88,350 residents have died in the state of Sao Paulo since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago, according to Johns Hopkins University, and the state has managed to vaccinate just over 4% of its population. Health authorities have vowed to step up vaccinations and say they remain vigilant about the infection rate, which could spur a new wave of restrictions if the number rises.

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