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São Paulo has over 12 million residents.Novel coronavirus cases in Brazil have reached 241,080, including at least 16,122 deaths, as of Monday, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The total confirmed cases increased by nearly 50 percent (48.1 percent) from May 10, when 162,699 infections were reported by Brazil's health ministry.
At a press conference on Sunday, Bruno Covas, the mayor of São Paulo, the country's most populous city, warned that the city's health system is close to collapse. Covas confirmed that 90 percent of its ICU (intensive care units) beds were occupied, noting there was an urgent need to slow the spread of the virus, according to Brazil's O Globo via Google Translate.
Joao Doria, the São Paulo governor, was also reported to have mentioned the possibility of a regionalized lockdown. Doria previously urged residents to stay indoors and ordered all non-essential services to remain closed through to May 31.
Brazil now has the fourth-highest number of the cases in the world, after the U.S., Russia and the U.K. The country's total confirmed cases overtook that of Italy and Spain on Saturday, reporting 14,289 new cases on May 16, according to figures from Brazil's health ministry.