Health Secretary says vaccination reduced transmission of Covid-19 at Carnival in Rio

Scientific Committee and experts will meet on Monday to define flexibility in the use of masks in closed places and the “vaccine passport”

Daniel Soranz - Photo: Rafa Pereira

On the morning of this Wednesday (02/03), the municipal secretary of Health of Rio, Daniel Soranz, said that he does not expect a significant increase in the number of cases even with the parties held during Carnival and with the covert blocks in recent days.

He justified it, saying that the high vaccination coverage helped reduce contamination in the city. He also said that charging for the vaccine passport kept unvaccinated tourists away.

We saw many agglomerations during the carnival period, people getting together. The strategy of limiting the entry of tourists without vaccines in the city of Rio de Janeiro worked. He must present the vaccination passport to go to the main tourist attractions. It will certainly discourage the coming of unvaccinated tourists to the city, and we saw, with our vaccination coverage, that there was no increase in cases in the period ”, he said.


According to the secretary, the number of positive cases is decreasing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) parameters, a rate of less than 5% of contamination among all states indicates control. He mentioned that last weekend, Rio reached a positivity of 3.9%.


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