Families of Virus Victims in Brazil Outraged Over Lack of PPE

Date: 2020-05-08 17:31:29

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The Brazilian 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

on Wednesday.

The 72-year-old died on Tuesday 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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