Barely recovered from second wave, Brazil is braced for a third

After cases and deaths showed a moderate improvement at the end of April, states and cities rushed to reopen their economies. Just weeks later, infection numbers are rising once again

Hospital in Manaus. According to experts, Covid-19 deaths are likely to spike in the Amazon region. Photo: Alex Pazuello/Semcom

Less than four months after a brutal second coronavirus wave brought the healthcare system in the city of Manaus to its knees, Amazonas state governor Wilson Lima told his constituents last month that officials are “preparing for the worst possible scenario” in the event of a third Covid-19 wave. 

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