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Bodies litter streets in Latin America as their leaders flail and blunder

From Bolsonaro’s deadly indifference in Brazil to Bukele’s El Salvador crackdown, this is the new virus epicentre

Deborah Bonello, Cody Weddle and Euan Marshall

Bodies are being piled up across Manaus in northern Brazil, with the city brought to its knees by Covid-19. The local health system collapsed more than two weeks ago, while grave diggers have resorted to burying the dead in mass graves known as “trenches”.

A shortage of cemetery staff forced one family to bury their father themselves after a three-day hunt for his body in heaps of corpses. “There were lots of bodies on top of each other, without any identification,” one man told the local press.

Brazil is fast becoming Latin America’s new crisis centre, as the daily death toll begins to outstrip some of the worst-affected countries in Europe. Ecuador hit the headlines in April as the virus spread uncontrolled and bodies were left to rot in the streets, and many fear Brazil is on a similar path...

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