Niterói Combats Coronavirus, Plans to Conduct More Testing than USA or South Korea

With the seventh-highest HDI in Brazil, the city was the first in the state of Rio to confirm a Covid-19 case; it slowed the spread of the disease through isolation measures and reinforcement of the health structure.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While the city of Rio de Janeiro - and perhaps the entire state  - is nearing a health collapse, on the other side of the bridge across Guanabara Bay, the well-off neighboring city seems to face the coronavirus pandemic with slightly greater reassurance.

The municipality of Niterói, known for having the seventh-highest HDI (Human Development Index) in the entire country, has been trying since January to anticipate the Covid-19 with a number of social, economic and sanitary measures. With 500,000 inhabitants, it was the first city to acquire rapid tests - a total of . . .

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