Family of Coronavirus Victims Blame Lack of PPE in Brazil

Brazil’s city of Manaus has one of the highest rates of Covid-19 related deaths coupled with a lack of crucial medical equipment, mainly much needed ventilators.

There is anger amongst relatives of the victims of the virus.

“Today I feel powerless,” said Val Soares who buried her grandmother Enedina Correia Soares at the public cemetery.

The 72-year-old died of suspected COVID-19, and according to her relatives, did not survive because of the lack of a ventilator in the health facility.

Multiple coffins arrived at the public cemetery Nossa Senhora de Aparecida in Manaus, where they were buried in a common grave.

Since the outbreak, the number of burials increased from 30 to about 120 per day in Manaus.

According to city hall, on Tuesday 111 people were buried, 17 were suspected or confirmed cases of Covid-19; 25 had respiratory problems and 20 died of undetermined causes.

This week the Mayor of Manaus, Arthur Virgilio Neto, asked the leaders of the world to help the capital of the Amazonas state, by sending all kind of equipment, including ventilators and scanners.

By Wednesday afternoon 8,536 people have died in Brazil and at least 121,600 have been infected by the new coronavirus. Health experts and even authorities said that due to the lack of tests, the actual numbers are much higher.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the new coronavirus can cause more severe illness and lead to death.

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Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles)[11] and with over 211 million people, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous.

Its capital is Brasília, and its most populous city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states and the Federal District. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas, as well as the most populous Roman Catholic-majority country.

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 kilometers (4,655 mi). It borders all other countries in South America except Ecuador and Chile and covers 47.3% of the continent’s land area. Its Amazon basin includes a vast tropical forest, home to diverse wildlife, a variety of ecological systems, and extensive natural resources spanning numerous protected habitats.

The country became a presidential republic in 1889 following a military coup d’état. An authoritarian military junta came to power in 1964 and ruled until 1985, after which civilian governance resumed.

Brazil’s current constitution, formulated in 1988, defines it as a democratic federal republic. Brazil is classified as an upper-middle income economy by the World Bank and a newly industrialized country.

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