RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When the novel coronavirus pandemic began to spread across Brazil earlier this year, the southern region seemed to have privileged weapons to contain it.
It had a stronger healthcare system given the inequality that plagued the country and saw the pandemic increase more slowly. Governors imposed restrictions to curb contagion and had time to prepare their healthcare systems. While they increased hospital beds, the curve of new cases remained flat until early June, unlike in most Brazilian regions.
After this, the country experienced a brief slowdown of the pandemic, but now it is observing a new . . .