Vaccination against the novel coronavirus continues to progress in Brazil. On Friday, 3, the country reached 233.1 million doses administered against Covid-19. The increase in the proportion of the population vaccinated – 65.9% with at least one dose and 31.3% with the complete regimen – is still reflected in the improvement of indicators.
The latest edition of the Covid-19 Fiocruz Observatory Bulletin, published on Friday, 3rd, shows that the curve of deaths due to Covid-19 in the country is declining for the 10th consecutive week. From August 15-25, the average daily reduction was 1.6%. A VEJA survey, based on moving averages, points to the same trend.
The new document from Fiocruz also reports a 2.4% daily decrease in confirmed cases in the same period and a lower test positivity rate. “Although it is still necessary to move forward with expanding and accelerating vaccination, this process contributes to the important trend towards reducing incidence and mortality, with a marked reduction in the absolute number of hospitalizations and deaths in all age groups,” the researchers write.
The data also indicate a general trend of reducing the incidence of severe acute respiratory syndromes (SARS) in the country. But five units of the Federation still had an extremely high degree of infection. They are Parana, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Goiás, São Paulo and the Federal District. Several capitals also recorded an increasing trend in cases: Porto Alegre (RS), Florianopolis (SC), São Paulo (SP), Belo Horizonte (MG), Vitoria (Spain), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Salvador (BA), Aracaju (Southeast), Maceio (AL), Joao Pessoa (PB), Natal (RN) and Fortaleza (CE).
The demographic analysis of the past two weeks, compared to the first epidemiological week of the year, indicates a continued renewal of the epidemic. Median hospital admissions, that is, the age that determines the concentration of 50% of cases, went from 66 years to 59 years. In the case of admission to the intensive care unit, the median values were, respectively, 68 and 63 years; For deaths, 73 and 72 years old.
However, the data indicate an increase in mortality and hospitalization among the elderly, as observed in the period prior to the start of vaccination. Researchers also draw attention to stabilizing at high levels, rather than falling, for cases of edema in children and adolescents.
This scenario, associated with the prevalence of delta variant, first identified in India, cautions against the risk of a third wave, as observed in countries with higher vaccination rates than Brazil, such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel.
To prevent this from happening, the researchers stress that it is necessary to combine the expansion of vaccine availability for all groups, including adolescents from 12 years of age, and the introduction of the third dose for the elderly, with other measures to control vaccines. pandemic.
“Reducing the impact of the epidemic in a more permanent way will only be achieved by intensifying the vaccination campaign, adequate health surveillance practices and strengthening primary health care, as well as the widespread use of individual protection measures, such as the correct use of masks and physical distance,” the text states.
The situation in the municipalities
The latest version of the survey conducted by the National Federation of Municipalities (CNM), which included the participation of 2,344 municipal administrators, shows that in 1,621 towns there was no record of deaths from the disease this week, representing 69.2% of those. to survey.
The map also shows that 1,192 municipalities (50.9% of responses) saw no new hospitalizations due to the novel coronavirus and 485 registered a decrease in the number of cases. For the most vulnerable audience, the data suggests an encouraging scenario: more than 2,000 locations (90.5% of respondents) did not report an increase in hospitalizations of elderly people due to Covid-19.
In more than 95% of these municipalities, vaccination against Covid-19 is in the age group under 25 years. Of this total, 556 (23.7%) had already vaccinated adolescents aged 12-17 years without comorbidities. If vaccination continued, 294 managers indicated a lack of immunizations for the first dose, and 136 managers claimed they missed the second dose.
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