The Reclassification of Municipalities’ Risks in Proseiger, which outlines restrictive measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, has been extended until June 13, in response to a request from the Association of Municipalities of Mato Grosso do Sul (Asomasol).
The Minister of Health, Geraldo Resende, acknowledged the argument that municipalities did not have enough time to plan and prepare the population for the new restrictive measures being imposed.
“Therefore, even while emphasizing that the primary purpose of the Secretary of State for Health has always been to protect public health, there is no way to ignore the fact that management actions have an impact on several other areas, such as the economy,” Resende said.
Asmasol said she was surprised by the reclassification of the municipalities, which was made at an extraordinary meeting. The state government was responding to our request. We understand the epidemiological situation in Mato Grosso do Sul, which has had to export patients to other states and suffers from overcrowding in hospitals, and we believe in the credibility of Proseguir and we are partners of the state in the fight against the epidemic, but we were surprised by this. The decision of the commission and we were not able to program ourselves and inform the population, ”said the head of Assomasul, Valdir Jr.
With the new government decision, the reclassification will take effect from Sunday (13), when 43 municipalities will be deactivated, to a maximum degree, after a series of restrictions, such as a curfew at 8 pm and the operation of only services that are considered essential.
Seven other cities were rated under an orange flag (medium risk level) and 29 were placed on a red flag (high risk level). During the maximum restriction period, the Military and Civil Police and the Fire Department will monitor compliance with the rules.
Paulo Fernandez, Subcom
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