RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Despite not being the epicenter of the novel coronavirus in Brazil, a number of northern and northeastern states stepped forward and were the first to implement a lockdown, the total blocking of activities, as a strategy to fight the advance of the pandemic in the regions.
Last week they decreed the total isolation of the following states: Maranhão, governed by Flávio Dino; Pará, governed by Hélder Barbalho; and Ceará, governed by Camilo Santana.
Flávio Dino had been giving indications since mid-April that he was preparing for the . . .