Amazon state of Brazil running out of oxygen as COVID-19 surges


MANAUS, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil’s Amazon state is running out of oxygen amid a renewed rise in COVID-19 deaths, with its government reporting on Thursday that people on respirators are dying of suffocation in hospitals Were.

Amazonas Congressman Marcello Ramos said the state had made a dramatic appeal to send a military transport aircraft with oxygen cylinders to the United States.

“He turned my father out of oxygen,” Rais Florino said outside Manaus’s 28 De Agosto Hospital, where people protested that relatives suffering from severe cases of COVID-19 were removed from the ventilator due to lack of oxygen was given.

Sobbing, Floriano said she was looking for an oxygen cylinder to save her 73-year-old father Alphonse.

Brazil is the second-deadliest coronovirus outbreak in the world after the United States, and Manaus was one of the first Brazilian cities to be hit by a spirited death count and case load from the first wave of the pandemic last year.

With emergency services pushed to the breaking point, Governor Nelson Lima announced a statewide curfew from 7 a.m. to 6 a.m. to halt the spread of coronovirus in a devastating second wave.

Health officials said oxygen supply in some hospitals was exhausted and intensive care wards were so full that scores of patients were being sent to other states.

People in Manaus are dying again at home from COVID-19.

To make matters worse, a new version of the virus was detected in Japan on Sunday in four people who arrived from Amazonas.

Researchers have not established how lethal or lethal the infectious is, but biomedical center FiroCruz said it detected the virus in a 29-year-old woman who tested positive just nine months earlier.

The neighboring state of Mercury announced on Thursday that it was banning travel boats coming down the river from Amazonas, citing an increase in cases and the identification of the new version.

Amazonas health secretary Marcellus Campello said the state needed nearly three times as much oxygen as it could produce locally and could appeal supplies from other states.

Public health experts gave dramatic accounts of people dying of COVID-9 in the ICU without oxygen.

“Oxygen has gone out and hospitals have turned into suffocating chambers,” Turquoise-Amazonia researcher Jessem Orellana told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. “Patients who manage to survive may suffer permanent brain damage,” he said.

Reporting by Bruno Kelly, Pedro Fonseca and Ricardo Brito; Writing by Anthony Bodle; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Grant McCool

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