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Desperate relatives of Covid patients in Brazil queue to fill their loved-ones' oxygen tanks

Added 01-20-21 02:36:02am EST - “Amozonas state has been gripped by a devastating new strain of the disease and doctors at hospitals in Manaus are being forced to decide which of their patients should get the limited oxygen.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Relatives of Covid patients in Brazil queue to fill oxygen tanks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Desperate relatives of Covid patients in Brazil have been queuing for hours to fill their loved-ones' oxygen tanks while a new mutant strain of the virus ravages the country.  

Amozonas state has been inundated with cases of the new variant and doctors at hospitals in Manaus, the rainforest's largest city, are being forced to decide which patients should get the dwindling oxygen.

From dawn to dusk, family members queued up outside the Carboxi oxygen plant during torrential downpours and sweltering humidity on Tuesday.

They arrived with heavy green tanks to be filled with oxygen and then rushed back to their ailing relatives, laying the colossal cylinders across the backseats of hatchbacks and on truck beds.  

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro regularly criticises, yesterday dispatched lorries laden with 3.78 million cubic feet of oxygen to help the region.

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