Governor Ibaneis Rocha announced, this Thursday (3), two days after the end of carnival, that he will make the mandatory use of face protection masks in open places in the Federal District more flexible.
The measure was in effect from November last year to January this year, until it was revoked amid the increase in cases of covid-19 driven by the omicron variant. The change will take effect from next Monday (7).
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“Given the drop in cases of covid-19 in the Federal District, from Monday (7) we will make the use of masks in open places more flexible”, justified the governor in a publication on social media.
On Wednesday (2), the transmission rate of covid-19 in the DF reached 0.66, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic. When this number is less than 1, the trend is for the pandemic to be controlled.
Despite this, the DF has been registering a reasonable number of reported contaminations per day. In this Thursday’s balance sheet, the Health Department reported that 673 new cases.
Currently, DF has 79.82% of the population aged 5 years and over with the complete vaccination schedule with two doses or a single dose. The booster dose was applied to 32.85% of the population over 18 years of age.
According to the district government, at concerts and sporting events, proof of vaccination with at least two doses will be required, as well as the use of a mask, when events take place indoors.
The decree to be edited by the governor will maintain the mandatory use of masks in all closed public spaces, collective public transport equipment, commercial, industrial and service establishments and in common use areas of residential and commercial condominiums. Only outdoor use will be allowed.
Vaccination in schools
The DF Health Department also informed, during a press conference, that it will send itinerant teams to vaccinate children directly in schools in the federal capital. According to the holder of the folder, the schedule will be set up with the Department of Education and there is still no date for the start of the scheme.
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“We are going to do the flying work so that we can go to the teaching regions and take the vaccine, especially in the areas that need us most”, declared the secretary. He did not say how the process will be and whether a parental authorization will be required for the child to be immunized.
“Everything that concerns places and parents and guardians will be put in the planning”, added the secretary. Vaccination of covid-19 continues in the Federal District for all people from 5 years of age. You vaccination sites can be found directly on the Secretariat’s website.
Source: BdF Distrito Federal
Editing: Flavia Quirino