RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For the first time since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, most Brazilian states record over 70 percent of public intensive care beds occupied for the treatment of Covid-19. A survey shows that 17 of the 26 states now have at least seven out of ten ICU (Intensive Care Unit) beds occupied. In three of them - Ceará, Amapá and Pernambuco - the occupancy rate exceeds 90 percent.
The increase in the number of critically ill patients occurs when some states, such as São Paulo, Ceará and Maranhão, announce steps in a . . .