RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said on Friday, March 20th, that the exponential curve for the spread of the novel coronavirus in Brazil is not expected to see a "sharp drop" before September.

The statement was given by Mandetta during a videoconference between President Jair Bolsonaro and entrepreneurs.

"In the western world, where information is more reliable [...], it is noted that the virus has a transmission pattern, [that] it is very competent," the Minister said.

"São Paulo is starting its transmission spiral. We expect it to pick up speed and rise in the next few . . .

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