The World Economic Forum decided to postpone its Latin American edition, scheduled for April in Sao Paulo, due to the expansion of the coronavirus worldwide.
In a statement distributed among the participants and to which local media had access, the regional director of the Forum, Marisol Argueta de Barillas, announced the suspension of the meeting due to the “dynamic situation around the coronavirus”.
“The World Economic Forum and its partners in Brazil agreed to mark that meeting again at a later date,” said Argueta.
The Latin American edition of the forum was scheduled between April 28 and 30 in Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous city in Brazil and where most of the confirmed cases in the South American country are concentrated.
The Ministry of Health reported Friday that confirmed cases have jumped from 8 to 13 in a single day, ten of which are in the state of Sao Paulo, where more than 40 million people live.
The states of Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Espirito Santo have already confirmed one case each, while the health authorities of Brasilia await the counter-test of a 52-year-old patient, who tested positive in the first diagnosis and is admitted to a Unit of Intensive Care
Before the advance of the coronavirus in the country, President Jair Bolsonaro called for calm in a pronouncement on television and said that, although the problem may worsen, there is no reason for “panic.”
“The moment is one of union. Although the problem may be aggravated, there is no reason to panic. Strictly following the recommendations of specialists is the best protection,” said the head of state, who determined a reinforcement in hospitals and laboratories in the country.