Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro defers new relaxation stage due to Delta variant spread

The new phase was scheduled to begin on September 4, but it is now likely to occur only after the end of winter, in late September,

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Because of the spread of the Delta variant in the city, Rio de Janeiro's city government has decided to defer the next phase of relaxation of restrictive measures against Covid-19, that had been scheduled for early next month, Health Secretary Daniel Soranz said Tuesday, August 10.

The Delta variant has been spreading more rapidly in Rio de Janeiro than elsewhere, accounting for 37.2% of cases last month in the state. Still, unlike in other countries, the Delta is not yet the dominant variant, still behind the P.1 that originated in Manaus and . . .

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