Lacking ICU Beds and Tests, Minas Gerais Pays Price for Underestimating Pandemic

Hospitalizations for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome increasef almost 1,000 percent in the state, where more than half of the coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the past two weeks.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The trip to the Caribbean occurred smoothly. Although Brazil had started issuing faint warnings about the coronavirus pandemic in early March, the travel agent assured Gilberto Loiola's family that there would be no problems in keeping their itinerary. However, on his return to Poços de Caldas, in southern Minas Gerais, Gilberto felt unwell.

On three occasions he sought assistance in public healthcare units, but with no . . .

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