City of Rio may postpone suspension of the requirement for a mask indoors

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The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes (PSD), announced that he may delay the release of the requirement for the use of masks against Covid-19 in closed environments. The expectation is that the city reaches 75% of the population with the complete vaccination schedule by the end of this week.

Initially, this was the brand established by the Municipal Health Department for a new stage of flexibility, maintaining facial protection only for public transport and hospitals.

“I still don’t know if I’m going to accompany the scientific committee. Probably, we should remain obligatory”, said Eduardo Paes in a live on Tuesday (9).

The mayor also took advantage of the interaction with internet users to present the numbers of vaccination against the coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro. The capital of Rio de Janeiro reached the rate of 90% of adults with two doses or a single dose of the immunizing agent. With the advance of the campaign, the city has only 57 people with Covid-19 hospitalized, a number that has already reached more than 1,500.

Eduardo Paes credits part of the result to the vaccine passport, which continues to be valid in the city for gyms, museums, conferences, tourist spots and stadiums, for example. According to the mayor, since the adoption of the requirement of the document, more than 370 thousand people who had not taken the first dose went to the health posts.

“The passport is being effective, it is fulfilling its role. That was our goal: to make people aware and get vaccinated”, he said.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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