Coronavirus Brazil: Hospitals run out of oxygen as super strain hits
Added 01-15-21 04:36:03pm EST - “Healthcare services have 'collapsed' in the city of Manaus, where hundreds of patients are being airlifted to neighbouring states while others are evicted from their beds to make way.” - Dailymail.co.uk
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Brazil's new super-variant of coronavirus did not deter crowds of sunbathers from packing out beaches today despite the infection ripping though the Amazon where locals desperately wait for dwindling oxygen supplies.
From the tightly-bunched shade umbrellas that covered the golden sands of Leme beach in Rio de Janeiro, one would not know the country is in the teeth of a devastating pandemic driven by the new variant.
The scenes of scantily-clad Brazilians soaking up the sun and swimming were worlds apart from the country's Amazon rainforest where doctors face the wretched task of deciding who can breathe amid short supplies.
At one hospital in Manaus, a despairing relative carried an oxygen tank for his own mother-in-law just to help her breathe for another two hours - with one expert describing the city as a 'suffocation chamber'.
Infections have soared to record levels in Brazil after a new variant of the virus, which is thought to be more infectious than previous strains, was detected - with Manaus at its epicentre.
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