In most of Brazil, actions to stop and stop COVID-19 They are universal for all types and cover social isolation strategies, testing, promotion of vaccination and safety protocols, such as the use of masks. However, in some places it is also felt sanitary barriers, mostly controlled by municipalities and reinforcement of genomic surveillance functions.
No die inFor example, barriers are located at the main entrances to the capital So Luis and the state’s second largest city, Imperatris. Despite six foreign crew members being infected with the new strain, the state does not confirm the local episode of the version.
“Since the suspicion of a new variant, Maranho’s state health department continues to track contacts, monitor, test and isolate people with symptoms”, says the folder in a note.
Due to the identification of the strain and the imminent risk of local transmission, Ministry of Health The municipalities of So Luis, So José de Ribamar, Paco do Lumiar and Raposa are estimated to send 300,000 doses of the vaccine against COVID-19.
Sanitation barriers also exist in some municipalities in Manaus, Amazonas and Espírito Santo. Apart from the cities, there are no cases of the delta variant in three states – mainly in the border areas, Para and Roraima.
Since early June, Rio de Janeiro has intensified surveillance of passengers arriving from India at Tom Jobim International (Galeo) and Santos Dumont airports.
The State Health Department (SES) has informed that a team on 24-hour standby is called by the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) on the arrival of these passengers.
Mandatory testing is done in a restricted area at airports after authorization from Infraro. Positive people are isolated and their PCR test is done in a hotel in Rio city. The samples are then forwarded for genomic sequencing and variant identification. Till Thursday, 24, 30 tests were conducted, all had negative results for COVID-19.
in the city of Sao PauloThe city health department implemented barriers at bus terminals and Congonhas airport in late May. Symptomatic travelers with flu-like syndrome are screened for clinical and laboratory investigations, and isolation recommendations are made for suspected cases.
So far 1,549 buses have been boarded and 29 symptomatic have been evaluated, as well as 820 flights with 63 symptoms have been monitored.
“If any type of case is identified, this patient will be referred to the hospital Geral Guanazes for treatment,” the folder said in a statement. This unit belongs to the state government, which informed through the state health department that: “Hospital Geral de Guanases is one of the contexts of covid-19 and operates with 190 special beds for patients with coronavirus, and Can also get suspects. Delta version, if necessary”.
Last Thursday, 24, the unit recorded an occupancy rate of 90% of ICU beds and 65% of Infirmary. At present, no cases of the delta variant have been reported in the state.
According to the Responsible State Secretariat, coronavirus genomic surveillance operations have been expanded in Minas Gerais. The agency informed through a note that the state conducts sampling of cases for laboratory testing in various municipalities.
The same thing happens in Paraná. According to the state health ministry, the work has epidemiological relevance and does not diagnose or treat cases of infection by coronavirus.
“We need to work in a coordinated way, something that has never happened with the Brazilian government,” explains researcher Rodrigo Stabelli. “Isolated sanitary barriers, isolated lockdowns and isolated restrictive measures do not solve the problem. We are facing this pandemic for 15 months, if we do the same thing the result will always be the same. To get different results, it is necessary to have a different plan.”
“We have to form a united front to fight this virus. If it doesn’t come from the federal government, let it come from the population or from the engagement of other houses like the Senate or the Supreme Court, who have worked for it too”, he says.
Regarding indigenous community transmission in Goiânia, Stabelli points out that the containment measures taken also need to be coordinated. “If we don’t know how many people are contaminated or there is already this type of contamination in neighboring cities, there is no use in installing sanitary barriers.”
Through a note, the municipality explained that the main action taken to include the variant is the vaccination of the population. “As the dosage comes, a task force is formed for the application, we have already vaccinated more than 22 thousand people in a day. At present, 35% of the population has received the first dose.”
According to a local folder, there is a lot of concern in the city about the tension. “Since there are still no vaccines for everyone, the Municipal Health Department emphasizes the need to maintain hygiene safety measures at all times, especially with regard to the use of masks and social distancing.”