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24-hour curfew announced in Manaus amid sanitary collapse

The Brazilian state of Amazonas announced this Saturday that it will impose a curfew of 24 hours a day for a week starting Monday to try to reduce the transmission of the covid

| 01/23/2021 | ionicons-v5-c18: 00 | – . |

The Brazilian state of Amazon announced this Saturday that it will impose a curfew of 24 hours daily for a week starting on Monday to try to reduce the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and face the serious health crisis that Manaus, its capital, has been facing for two weeks.

The two million inhabitants of Manaus and those of the other municipalities of Amazon have been abiding for just over a week a curfew of eleven hours a day, between 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the following day, which will be extended to 24 hours starting next Monday and for a period of seven days.

The governor of Amazon, Wilson Lima, explained in a press conference that next week only workers from essential sectors, such as health and safety, will be able to take to the streets, as well as, during the day, people who have to go to supermarkets or pharmacies.

« We will impose a restriction on the movement of people from 24 hours. That does not mean curtailing the right to come and go. Citizens will be able to go out in cases of extreme need, such as going to the supermarket, but only one person per family, « he said.

Supermarkets, bakeries and food stores may only open their doors between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm and restaurants may only attend requests at home.

« There is no need to run to supermarkets or to store food. It is necessary to be prudent and for people to understand that these measures are harsh but necessary to save as many lives as possible, » said the governor.

Lima assured that the objective of the measure is to avoid crowds in order to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and face the collapse suffered by Manaus due to the lack of beds in hospitals for patients with coronavirus and oxygen for whom They are connected to mechanical respirators.

BRAZIL SEND OXYGEN TO MANAUSES AND PATIENTS TO OTHER CITIES

The sharp increase in infections and deaths from covid-19 in Amazon and the hospital crisis forced the Brazilian government to mount an operation to transfer dozens of coronavirus patients to other cities and transport oxygen on at least four daily flights of military aircraft.

Despite being one of the states with the lowest population density in Brazil, Amazon has accumulated 7,051 deaths and 248,561 infections from the coronavirus so far and has faced a second wave of the pandemic that is much more virulent and lethal since December.

As a consequence of the increase in deaths from covid-19, the number of burials in the cemeteries of Manaus reached a record 1,333 in the first 20 days of January, much higher than in any month.

The announcement of the extension of the restrictions coincided with the decision of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic to ask the Supreme Court of Brazil to open a process to investigate the Minister of Health, Eduardo Pazuello, for his possible responsibility in the health collapse of Manaus.

The request to the Supreme Federal Court was made by the attorney general, Augusto Aras, who considered the complaints filed by different political parties against Pazuello for his alleged omission in the fight against coronavirus in the largest city in the Brazilian Amazon.

According to the opposition parties’ complaints, Pazuello learned several days in advance that the Manaus health system would collapse due to the lack of beds to care for patients with the covid-19 and oxygen for the sick connected to mechanical respirators, and did not adopt any measures to avoid the aggravation of the situation.

On the other hand, the mayor of the city of Porto Velho, capital of the also Amazonian state of Rondonia, admitted this Saturday that its health system also fell into total collapse and warned that it is close to a « humanitarian tragedy. »

« Today everyone is following what is happening in Manaus, but we are very close to living here, in the city of Porto Velho and in the entire state of Rondonia, a humanitarian tragedy, » said Mayor Hildon Chaves at a press conference in which he asked for help so that, as happened in Manaus, some of the patients with covid in your municipality are transferred to other cities