Brazil’s Amazonas state running out of oxygen amid COVID surge

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    The health system in the Brazilian state of Amazonas is at the point of collapse because of a surge in coronavirus infections. Hospitals say they are running out of oxygen.

    And it is feared a new variant of the virus, originally detected in the state capital Manaus, could be more contagious.

    Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew reports from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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