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Covid spikes in Brazil’s North were even deadlier than believed

Gross coronavirus death figures do not account for age differences between populations. A recent study found that mortality in northern cities was even more pronounced than initially measured

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Hospital in Manaus. Photo: Ingrid Anne/Secom-AM

For the first time since the coronavirus reached Brazil’s North region, the state of Amazonas went a full 24 hours without recording a single Covid-19 death on Tuesday. After eye-watering peaks in January and February, loss of life has fallen progressively in the country’s largest state, home to 4.2 million people.

The beginning of the year was one of desperation for Amazonas. The state hit global headlines in January when its local hospital network ran out of oxygen amid a spike in Covid-19 cases. On January 30, Amazonas recorded a total of 225 coronavirus deaths in the space of...

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