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Brazil s Sao Paulo state suspends cuts in utilities services for poorest amid COVID-19

SAO PAULO - Sao Paulo will suspend water supply, electricity and gas cuts until July 31 for the Brazilian state s poorest residents who are unable to pay bills during the coronavirus pandemic, state governor Joao Doria said on Wednesday. The government of Sao Paulo guarantees the non-interruption of water, gas and electricity supply until July 31 for communities and low-income people who are unable to pay their bills , said Doria in a press conference. He added his administration reached a deal with state-run sanitation company Sabesp SA lt;SBSP3.SA gt; and natural gas distribution firm Comgas SA lt;CGAS5.SA gt;, owned by Brazilian energy group Cosan lt;CSAN3.SA gt;. Doria said Sao Paulo state government has made the same request to Brazil s electrical power regulator Aneel. Access to clean water and sanitation is essential in stemming the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus in Brazil, which is now one of the world s fastest growing hotspots. Sao Paulo registered 123,483 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 8,276 deaths, according to data provided by the state health secretary. REUTERS


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