Hospitalizations for SARS Double in Brazil, Exerting Pressure on National Health System

This year, 16,879 patients were hospitalized for SARS, a disease caused both by common influenza and the coronavirus. Only four percent were confirmed with coronavirus amid limited testing.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The number of people hospitalized for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a complication caused both by influenza viruses already known in Brazil and the novel coronavirus, has doubled this year. The number of hospitalizations in the country has reached 16,879, compared to 7,761 during the same period last year.

But only four percent of these cases (757 patients) tested positive for the Covid-19, according to the Ministry of Health, which did not report how many others tested positive for other types of flu or how many were tested in total.

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