RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Northeastern state governments have begun to devise strategies faced with the prospect of a rapid surge in covid-19 in the coming weeks. The concern is also growing as new strains are detected.
Many locations have begun to report an upward trend in cases and hospitalizations, which has triggered alarms, prompting measures such as curfews and a tender for a new hospital.
No state in the Northeast has experienced death rates similar to the first wave since November.
This milder scenario led the region to achieve Brazil's lowest mortality rate in late January. The South . . .