The use of protective masks is not mandatory in Pernambuco’s schools, public transport and pharmacies as of Monday (19). According to the state health department (SES), the use of protection is still only required in hospitals and health services, such as clinics and offices.
As of 5 September, the use of masks by working students and professionals in the final years of primary school between 6th and 9th grades is no longer required. In August, the release moved to high school.
The secretary said in a note that the decree that makes the release official from Monday and details the places where they follow the rules for wearing masks, will be published on Saturday (17).
The government justifies the measure by “the continued maintenance of declining disease indicators, as well as the end of the seasonal period of occurrence of respiratory diseases” in the state.
In a statement sent to the press, Secretary Andre Longo said vaccination was another favorable factor in the adoption of less restrictive measures. Despite the release, the secretary emphasized that people with flu symptoms should wear a mask, as well as those who are 60 years of age or older and have not received four doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, Andre Longo recalled that the World Health Organization (WHO) still considers COVID a health emergency.
In a note, the Health Secretary pointed out that the positivity for COVID-19 is less than 1% of the examinations conducted by the State’s Central Laboratory (LASSEN).
According to the government, between September 4 and 10, 190 cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Srag) were reported in the state, which is 21% less than the previous week, when 239 cases of Srag were reported.
This Friday’s epidemiological bulletin (16) includes 302 new cases of Kovid-19, including 298 people with SARS and mild symptoms. Since the start of the pandemic, Pernambuco has recorded a total of 1,054,674 confirmed cases of the disease, of which 59,796 are severe and 994,878 are mild.
The state also recorded, this Friday, five deaths of people due to the disease. The deaths occurred between February 15, 2021 and Thursday (15). With this, there have been a total of 22,258 deaths due to Kovid-19 in the state.