Covid-19: Transmission Rate in Brazil Drops by More Than Half in Five Months

The rate was close to ideal for pandemic control; social distancing and prevention measures were critical for the decline.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The contagion rate of the coronavirus disease in Brazil fell from 3.0 in the first months of the pandemic in the country to 1.08 in early August, according to data from the latest survey by Imperial College London in the United Kingdom.

The rate had been steadily declining, reaching 2.8 in late April and 1.01 in June, the lowest ever achieved by Brazil and close to the pandemic control level.

The figure, also known as Rt, is an indicator of the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person . . .

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