The Situation in Brazil as of July 9

Brazil is now a global hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 1,200 deaths a day. President Bolsonaro has tested positive for COVID-19, along with governors of the states of Santa Catarina, Mato Grosso, Espírito Santo, Roraima, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Alagoas, and Pará. Two of these governors are from states in the Southeast, the region with the largest number of cases in the country. Many of these states are now re-opening their economies without public health protections in place. Combined with rising population mobility, conditions for catastrophic spread of the virus are present in many Brazilian states.

Public Policy Adoption Index in Brazil

What is a Public Policy Index? It’s a measure of how many public policies a country has adopted to control the pandemic. The higher the number, the more policies a country has adopted. Our index is based on an index created by Oxford University. We track 9 public policies intended to help control the pandemic. These policies include the closing of schools and non-essential businesses, and stay-at-home orders, among other policies. Measures are weighted based on the date when they were implemented, and on how long they’ve been in place. The black dashed line represents the weighted average of all the states in Brazil.

    Change in mobility in Brazil; percentage change compared to usual mobility

    Estimates based on Google data. These graphics show the change on population mobility in each state, compared to the usual mobility in the same time period (identified as the 0 baseline.) A decrease in mobility might also decrease the likelihood of community spread. The black dashed line represents the weighted average of all the states in Brazil.

      Use of face masks: Index of the public health policy directive on the use of face masks

      Adjusted for the day of implementation compared to the registration of the first case in the country.