Number of Covid ICU Beds Funded by Ministry of Health in February Half That of January

The situation is worrying local managers, who will need to pay for these expenses amid a surge in cases and hospitalizations - and the resulting need for more beds.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Despite the worsening of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, this February only half of the ICU beds to treat patients with Covid-19 funded by the Ministry of Health in January will be available - in the health emergency, the federal portfolio pays part of the costs alongside states and municipalities.

According to data presented by the Ministry last week, there were 7,717 beds in use last month and 3,187 in February. A total of 13,045 beds lack federal authorization, points out the survey made by the National Council of State Health Secretaries (CONASS . . .

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