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Land invaders create the ‘perfect storm’ for virus-stricken Amazon

Death rate among indigenous people was more than twice as high as the rest of Brazil by mid-August

Fabio Zuker

The rate of coronavirus deaths among indigenous people in Brazil’s Amazon is nearly 250% higher than in the general population, for reasons ranging from a lack of access to health care to invasions of indigenous land, researchers said.

The fatality rate among Covid-19-infected indigenous Amazonians had soared by early August, up from the 150% higher than the broader population found in a study in June by IPAM, the Amazon Environmental Research Institute.

“The situation has worsened. It is clear that we did not learn from the first few months,” said Martha Fellows, one of the IPAM researchers who worked on the June study and on an upcoming update...

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