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Brazil’s Richest State Backtracks Reopening as Virus Roars Back

  • Sao Paulo will go back into yellow phase of reopening plan
  • Announcement comes a day after municipal election vote

Sao Paulo will reimpose tougher social distancing restrictions amid a jump in coronavirus cases that’s filling up hospital beds across Brazil’s richest state.

The whole state will regress to the so-called yellow phase of the reopening plan, which limits opening hours and capacity of shopping malls, restaurants, bars and gyms, among other businesses. The decision, announced by Governor Joao Doria on Monday, will mean tighter restrictions for about three-quarters of the state’s 46 million people, who had been under looser rules.