On Saturday, news website UOL published a series of shocking videos sent in by residents of the city of Manaus, the northern urban expanse with a population of 2 million, slap bang in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. The footage showed desperation at public hospitals around the city, with a lack of beds and, most notably, medical professionals. The Covid-19 pandemic has already driven the city’s healthcare system to complete collapse.
On Saturday evening, the head director of the São Raimundo accident and emergency facility — featured in more than one of the videos sent to UOL — died from Covid-19. It is estimated that 1,000 health professionals in the northern state of Amazonas, of which Manaus is the capital, are on leave from work due to contracting the virus.