RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a reversal of what is currently the case - a relaxation of social distancing in the cities, particularly the largest in the country, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro - Brazil should have at least another 15 days of "a strict lockdown" for the transmission curve of the novel coronavirus to enter a safe descending route, according to epidemiologist Pedro Curi Hallal.

"Soon Brazil would be on the same level as other nations, such as Germany, Italy, Spain, and even the US, where numbers have been decreasing daily for some time now," estimates the scientist, dean . . .

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