Created in 2004, the FNSP, which is made up of elite groups of civilian and military police from Brazilian states, is deployed in cases of emergency or calamity.
Its most recent actions took place in 2019 concerning events such as attacks against public transport and buildings in Ceara state, the control of fire in the Amazon basin, and the intervention of indigenous lands in Maranhao state.
In principle, the FNSP deployment is scheduled until May 28 but can be extended for longer if authorities deem it necessary.
Besides providing security in health centers, this special force will guarantee the distribution of medical, pharmaceutical, food and hygiene items, according to the decree published after it was known that the death toll reached 159 and the number of COVID-19 cases is 4,579.
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