Coronavirus

Politics and pseudoscience making Amazonas Covid-19 crisis even worse

Amazonas' healthcare system has collapsed. To make things even messier, Governor Wilson Lima could be facing impeachment

Cemetery in Manaus, capital city of Amazonas. Photo: Fernando Crispim/Amazônia Real
Cemetery in Manaus, capital city of Amazonas. Photo: Fernando Crispim/Amazônia Real

The current situation in the Brazilian state of Amazonas is one of unbridled chaos. Covid-19 horror stories in the state capital of Manaus made the front pages of international newspapers, and there are reports that coronavirus infection rates are booming in the west of Amazonas, where populations are vulnerable and healthcare infrastructure is extremely precarious.

Amid the catastrophe, Governor Wilson Lima launched a plan to gradually reopen commerce in the state, based on a disastrous study led by a famous TV and radio finance pundit. Slated to begin on Thursday, the plan was heavily criticized and eventually nixed....

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