Health measures will be implemented at airports, highways and highways in the state of São Paulo from Tuesday (25), as a strategy to prevent the spread of Covid-19 from India.
In a meeting between the state, Anvisa and the Ministry of Health, it was decided that São Paulo should focus on the procedures as it is the main gateway for travelers from all over the world, via Guarulhos International Airport. At a meeting held last Saturday (22), the authorities discussed ways to prevent virus variants from entering ports and airports.
The action plan presented by Edson Aparecido, Sao Paulo Health Minister, proposes a testing system at airports and federal highways to identify new variants of Covid-19.
At airports, the idea is to conduct tests for people coming from Maranhão and Argentina; The country that also discovered the India ancestry in its population.
Health teams will be on the roads to check passengers, as well as at the Tiete Bus Terminal, so they can determine if there are any passengers suspected of having Covid-19.
The approach will be in Rodoviária Tietê from 8 in the morning until 3 in the evening; Teams will identify symptomatic passengers from Maranhão, along with body temperature measurements and other health questions. In the event that symptoms appear, passengers will be dispatched in an ambulance from the city hall to the indicated municipal emergency services, according to the site of the procedure, where the RT-PCR test will be performed.
The city of São Paulo will create 30 vacancies in a hotel near the Tiete bus station to isolate people at social risk. The city has also developed a traveler handbook with tips and tricks for caring for home isolation.
If the bus passenger is identified with the virus, as it is a collective vehicle, all passengers’ data will be recorded so that they can monitor their health and locate them immediately if necessary.
On highways, information materials for disease prevention and care will be posted on digital road signs near the capital. At weighing stations, truck drivers will be examined and instructed with information materials about the disease and methods of prevention, as well as those who show symptoms will be sent to health units for medical advice and examination.
According to the city of São Paulo, the screening activity will be carried out in checking temperature, searching for respiratory symptoms and registering passengers of mass vehicles (buses / airplanes), for observation of up to 14 days.
The assistance teams will be accompanied by the agents of the health monitoring and removal team (ambulances).
So far, according to the City of São Paulo, there is no evidence of Indian breed circulation in the capital, São Paulo. In the region, there is a registration of variants P1 – Manaus and B.1.1.7 – UK.
Rio Grande do Sul
The city of Uruguaiana, in the interior of Rio Grande do Sul, has set up a health barrier on the border with Argentina in order to prevent the entry of the identified Covid-19 variant in India. The city is Brazil’s main entrance to the neighboring country, which has already confirmed cases of the new strain.
The temperature of those who pass through the barrier is checked and personal information collected by health professionals. If you have symptoms of Covid-19, the person will be referred for screening for the disease.