Ministry Declares Nationwide Community Transmission of Novel Coronavirus

The total number of cases increased by 45 percent in one day. The Minister of Health projects cases to 'shoot up' in April and to drop only in September.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Ministry of Health declared that the whole national territory is under community transmission status of the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 disease pandemic. The status was published in an ordinance on Friday evening, March 20th.

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta had already announced in the afternoon that the measure would be taken soon to simplify government actions. The Minister also pointed out that the number of cases of the disease is expected to skyrocket in April and that the health system is likely to collapse.

Community or sustained transmission occurs when . . .

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