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Several cities in the Brazilian states of Sao Paulo, Ceara, Amazonas and Para - four of the regions hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis - on Monday began gradually reopening their economies, despite the fact that the pandemic is still spreading like wildfire.

Sao Paulo state, the country's most industrialized and richest region, on Monday began a phased reopening although not in the same-named city and metro zone, where about half the state's 46 million people live.