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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The São Paulo City Hall expects an increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations for next week, which should put even greater pressure on the capital's healthcare system.

According to municipal Health Secretary Edson Aparecido, the adverse effects of gatherings and crowds at end-of-year festivities should reach their peak in the next few days. "According to our experts, a considerable surge in cases is expected. It is inevitable", he lamented.

On Tuesday, January 19th, the capital registered a 65% ICU bed occupancy for Covid-19 in municipal hospitals or hospitals contracted by . . .

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