Covid-19 positivity rate is the highest in 4 months, says Abrafarma

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According to the Brazilian Association of Pharmacy and Drugstore Chains (Abrafarma), the positivity rate of Covid-19 tests carried out in Brazilian pharmacies recorded the highest rate in the period from May 30 to June 5 since the beginning of February.

The percentage of positive results in the week represents 27.5% of the 212,878 tests in June, against 24.7% in the month of May. According to Abrafama, it is the highest percentage in 16 weeks.

The association also said that in the week evaluated, the number of infections reached 58,631, about 14% more compared to the previous seven days – which had 51,397 infections.

Sérgio Mena Barreto, CEO of Abrafarma, said that “in one week, we had almost 40% of the total cases registered in May, which imposes the need for more protection measures and more speed in the application of booster vaccines”.

The state of Goiás recorded the highest incidence of positivity for the antigen, with a rate of 36%, followed by Paraná with 35%. On the other hand, Acre had the lowest number of positive tests, with a percentage of 5%.

The states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo registered, respectively, 23% and 29% of positivity in tests for the disease.

Since the rapid tests began to be made available in pharmacies, in October 2021, almost 18 million tests have been carried out in pharmacies throughout Brazil. Of these, more than 4 million tested positive for Covid-19, that is, about 22.79%.

Epidemiological scenario

On Thursday (9), Brazil recorded 45,073 infections by Covid-19 and 143 deaths from the disease, according to data released by the National Council of Health Secretaries (Conass). With the update, the moving average of cases rose to 37,575. This is the highest number since March 19, when Conass averaged 38,162.

A survey of CNN Agency shows that less than half of the eligible population took the third dose of Covid in Brazil – the percentage is at 43.45%.

When evaluating the 4th dose, the rate is even lower, about 1.81% of eligible people are vaccinated.

*With information from Maria Augusta Messias, from CNN

Source: CNN Brasil

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