Mariana Vieira da Silva said that she met with the group of experts who have supported the Government in its decisions.

“At this point, according to the analysis of the numbers, the peak will have passed, with some regions already registering visible drops, as well as with regard to [the incidence] in age groups. For this reason, the Council of Ministers has decided to keep the measures in force”, replied the Minister of the Presidency.

Asked whether the Government definitively rules out the possibility of making the use of a mask in interior spaces mandatory again, Mariana Vieira da Silva countered that the executive “always considers, through the analysis of the available data, the need or not to take measures again”.

“Right now, in several areas of our country, a reversal of trajectory is already being verified. Taking into account that the number of people hospitalized in intensive care units is below 40% of the red lines defined by the Government, and also taking into account that we are now carrying out the vaccination booster for those over 80 years of age, it was concluded that no additional measures are needed. But that does not mean that it is not necessary for each of us to comply with the rules, in particular when contacting the most vulnerable citizens,” she said.

But Mariana Vieira da Silva took the opportunity to leave a warning: "I want to emphasize that the end of the mandatory use of masks, for example, does not mean that the mask should not be used in situations of greater risk".