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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - From noon yesterday, February 21st and until 11:59 PM next Tuesday February 23rd, the city of Araraquara, in the São Paulo countryside, is under lockdown, with a ban on street movement, pedestrian or vehicular. The goal is to try to stop the spread of new strains of the coronavirus circulating in the city. Araraquara is located 270 kilometers north of the state capital, with an estimated population of 238,300.

Ward and intensive care unit (ICU) beds are operating at full occupancy in the municipality's healthcare facilities and close to their limit in . . .

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