At least 5 public universities once again require the use of a mask in Brazil

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At least five public universities in Brazil have returned to oblige the use of masks on campuses after the increase in the number of cases of Covid-19. In addition, at least 10 state and federal institutions started to recommend the use of the protection item in the study premises.

According to a survey carried out by the CNN , the institutions that made it mandatory to wear a mask again are USP (University of São Paulo), Unicamp (State University of Campinas), Unesp (São Paulo State University), UFSCar (Federal University of São Carlos) and Unir (Federal University of São Paulo). Rondônia). The measure is valid for indoor environments.

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USP justified, in a statement, that the caution occurs because “in the first ten days of November, 255 cases were registered [do novo coronavírus] at USP. For the entire month of October, that number was 98.”

Those that do not oblige but recommend its use are UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), UFMA (Federal University of Maranhão), UFPB (Federal University of Paraíba), UEPB (State University of Paraíba), UnB (University of Brasília), UFF (Fluminense Federal University), Unirio (Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro) and Uerj (University of the State of Rio de Janeiro).

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In these cases, the orientation for use varies: some suggest that it be done only indoors, and others recommend it for all campus dependencies.

Among the private universities, PUC-Rio issued a statement to inform that it has returned to oblige the use in closed places, while PUC-SP, PUC-Campinas and PUC-Minas recommend it.

According to the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass), the number of cases of Covid-19 rose 134% in Brazil in the last week. Only from November 6 to 12, 61,564 new infections were recorded.

The scenario made the Ministry of Health recommend the use of a mask in closed and crowded places, last Sunday (13), mainly for people with pre-existing diseases.

*under the supervision of Bárbara Brambila

Source: CNN Brasil

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