Mayors of São Paulo cities enforce complete lockdown and wartime-like scenarios

Among the restrictions, even the purchase of fuel is being controlled - people can only fill up if they prove they work in the health system or in some essential activity in operation, such as energy and water services.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Two of the most important São Paulo municipalities dawned on Wednesday, March 17th, like cities in times of war.

No buses or cars on the streets, all stores closed, as well as industries. Construction sites also dawned empty. Ribeirão Preto (population 712,000) and São José do Rio Preto (465,000), joined the lockdown wave in an attempt to contain the rise in Covid-19 deaths and the collapse of the health system.

"It's a horror movie. Transmission is faster and the cases are more severe. What can the mayor do constitutionally . . .

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