SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Sao Paulo state plans to gradually reopen its economy in a “safe” way starting on May 11 by relaxing some social distancing measures put in place to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, Governor Joao Doria said on Wednesday.
In the meantime, Doria told a news conference, statewide quarantine rules will remain in place in Sao Paulo, which is the country’s financial hub, most populated state and epicenter of Brazil’s coronavirus outbreak.
The state’s death toll from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus, is expected to reach 3,000 by May 3, according to state Health Secretary José Henrique Germann.
Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday the country had 45,747 COVID-19 cases and 2,906 deaths.
(Reporting by Eduardo Simoes; Writing by Gabriela Mello; Editing by Christian Plumb)