RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The medicine was bitter, but it seems it worked. One month after emptying the streets in a lockdown that closed even the markets, Araraquara, in São Paulo's countryside, now sees far less crowded health centers and ICUs.
Between February 21 and March 21, the daily average of the new coronavirus cases in the state increased 40%. In Araraquara, however, it dropped 58%. The day before yesterday, another encouragement: it was . . .