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Brazil’s Sao Paulo state to close restaurants, shopping malls for Christmas and New Year

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sao Paulo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s Sao Paulo state government announced only essential services are allowed to open between December 25 and 27 and between January 1 and 3, amid rising coronavirus cases.

Restaurants and shopping malls will be required to stay closed during those six days, Sao Paulo state secretary Patricia Ellen said in a press conference on Tuesday.

The government is considering extending the restrictions in some cities to include Dec. 31, Ellen said, after infection rates rose by 54% in the past for weeks.

(Reporting by Sabrina Valle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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