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Video – Al Jazeera – Brazil virus outbreak: Amazonas state capital becomes hotspot

6 May 2020

It’s the capital of the state of Amazonas and it has become an example of the failure of Brazil to cope with Covid 19. Thousands of victims of the disease are being buried in the cemetery every day.

The bodies are being buried together in these mass graves. They’re left in containers. Relatives of those who died say the names of those buried were being put on the wrong coffins.

Covid 19 apparently arrived to the city in the heart of the Amazon imported by a woman who traveled from London. One and a half months later, hospitals are trying to cope with a spiralling increase of infections. Jorge Akal says the whole system is failing: Manaus had an average of 28 to 35 burials per day – now it’s more than 120. It doesn’t mean that all these people are dying from Covid 19 – there are other causes of death – but it’s not being checked.

Far-right president Bolsanaru is a strong opponent of isolation and has dismissed that the virus poses a real threat for Brazil.

Famous Brazilian photojournalist Sara del Salgado and dozens of public figures signed an open letter to the Brazilian government calling on officials to protect the nation’s indigenous people with limited access to health care they say they are at risk of genocide. Many indigenous communities are located not far away from Manaus.

Covid-19 – Johns Hopkins University

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