São Paulo (AP)-Authorities announced on Thursday that dozens of COVID-19 patients in the largest city in the Amazon rainforest will be driven out of the state as the local health system collapses.
Doctors in Manaus, a city of 2 million people, are selecting patients to treat. At least one cemetery in the city requires mourners to line up to enter and bury their dead. The patients in the hospital full of oxygen waited in despair all day, because oxygen cylinders came to save some people, but it was too late for others.
These strains prompted the Amazon state government to express that it will transport 235 patients who rely on oxygen but are not in intensive care units to five other states and the federal capital Brasilia.
Amazon Governor Wilson Lima said at a press conference on Thursday: “I want to thank those governors who raised their hands to show us a helping hand.”
He said: “When the planet’s lungs have problems, the whole world is watching us,” he hinted at a common description of Amazon. “Now, we are seeking help. Our people need this oxygen.”
Many governors and mayors in other parts of the country later helped in numerous social media videos in which distraught relatives of COVID-19 patients in Manaus asked followers to buy oxygen for them.
Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão said on Twitter that the country’s air force has delivered more than eight tons of medical supplies to Manaus, including oxygen cylinders, beds and tents.
However, the city’s federal prosecutors asked the local judge to put pressure on President Jal Bolsonaro’s government to increase its support. Prosecutors said later today that the main air force aircraft used for oxygen supply and transportation in the area “needs to be repaired, which brought the emergency situation to a standstill.”
Neither the Air Force nor the Federal Department of Health responded to the Associated Press’ request for comment.
The US Embassy in Brasilia confirmed that it had received a request from local authorities to provide support for the plan, but did not provide details.
The Manaus authorities recently called on the federal government to increase its declining amount of oxygen to keep COVID-19 patients breathing. According to official data, the 14-day death toll in the city is close to the peak of the first coronavirus pandemic last year.
According to White Martins, a multinational company that provides oxygen, at the first peak, Manaus consumed up to 30,000 cubic meters (approximately 1 million cubic feet) of oxygen per day, and now demand has more than doubled to nearly 70,000 cubic meter. The public hospital in Manaus. At his press conference, the governor accused White Martins of shortages.
“Due to the strong impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s oxygen consumption has increased exponentially in the past few days compared to already very high levels,” White Martins said in an email to the Associated Press The statement said. “Demand far exceeds any foreseeable level, and… continues to grow significantly.”
The company also added that the remote areas of Manaus are very difficult for logistics, requiring more inventory to be transported by ship and plane. It also said that it is considering providing supplies from neighboring Venezuela to ease Manaus’ difficulties.
The governor has also enacted more health restrictions, including a suspension of public transportation and a curfew between 7pm and 6am
The new measures posed a challenge to the protesters, who raised the Brazilian flag in the street on Thursday morning. Lima was once regarded as an ally of Bolsonaro, but has been criticized by supporters of the Conservative Party’s president for adopting new restrictions designed to stop the virus’s recent surge.
Bolsonaro downplayed the risk of the disease, saying that the economic impact of the epidemic would kill more viruses. His son Eduardo is a member of the International Relations Committee of the Brazilian House of Commons, and one of many conservatives who urged his supporters to challenge social isolation and disobedience to internal affairs in December.
A tribal park with more than 2,500 indigenous people in the suburbs of Manaus has been walking for more than two months, and none of the residents showed symptoms of COVID-19. Vanda Ortega, a volunteer nurse in the community, said that in the past week, 29 people have tested positive. The two went to the emergency department, but no one needed to be hospitalized.
“We are really worried,” said Ortega, who belongs to the Vitoto. “In Manaus, it is chaotic. There is no oxygen for anyone to use.”
The sharp increase in the number of cases was due to more frequent gatherings in two months, first in the local elections in November, where there were a large number of rallies and long lines of voters, and secondly, the end of the year celebrations.
The city of Manaus declared a state of emergency on January 5. The decree allows the municipal government to temporarily sign personnel, services and materials without the need for public tenders. A separate decree suspends the authorization of activities and revokes the activities that have been granted, while the third decree provides for telecommuting for non-essential municipal employees by March.
A paper published this week showed that as of mid-December, a new strain of coronavirus had spread in Manaus. The document said that people have raised concerns about greater transmission capacity or the possibility of re-infection, although this possibility has not been confirmed.
Pedro Hallal, an epidemiologist at the Coordinating Federal University, said that a positive COVID-19 test cannot reveal which virus the patient is carrying, but this new virus is likely to cause the second wave of infections in Manaus Part of the reason. Pelotas’ test plan, which is by far the most comprehensive plan in Brazil.
Harald said on the phone: “If it starts to circulate in mid-December, then there may be more circulation now.” “So I do think that at least some of the new infections are caused by the new strain. We don’t know exactly Data, but very likely.”
The Associated Press writer Mauricio Savarese reported the story in Sao Paulo, and the Associated Press writer David Biller reported from Rio de Janeiro.