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The state of Amazonas has seen more than 6,000 deaths. And now, ICUs in the capital of Manaus are running out of space and oxygen.

The state of Amazonas has seen more than 6,000 deaths. And now, ICUs in the capital of Manaus are running out of space and oxygen.

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Oxygen Shortage Plunges the Amazon’s Capital Into a Covid Nightmare

Manaus’s health-care system has collapsed, and without substantial government help, families have been left to save their own lives.

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Brazil is one of the hardest-hit nations in the pandemic, but the situation in the Amazon region is even worse. Graves are being hastily dug in uneven rows, hospitals are overrun, some patients are being flown elsewhere for treatment and there are reports that one recovering Covid-19 patient was reinfected by a more contagious variant that recently surfaced in the area.