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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - With 500 recorded Covid-19 cases, the southern region of Bahia has become one of the main hotspots for the spread of Covid-19 cases in the state, triggering a warning signal from the Bahian government.

In only one week, between April 20th and 27th, the number of cases in Itabuna - the region's largest city - hiked from 40 to 148, an increase of 260 percent. In neighboring Ilhéus, a city with great tourist appeal, the number of cases increased from 78 to 179 over the same period.

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