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Amazon city was one of the world’s worst hot spots. It’s a hell hole again

Rife opportunism and state complacency blamed, along with misuse of emergency powers in Manaus

Sarah Newy

The sirens wail as the ambulance races across southern Manaus in Brazil. Inside, Dr Alessandra Said and her colleagues, in bright-blue protective gear, fight to keep their patient breathing.

The 58-year-old’s symptoms have been worsening for a week. But when the ambulance reaches one of the city’s largest hospitals, 28 DeAgosto, they find it has run out of the oxygen the man desperately needs.

“We’ve been through this agony before,” Said says later. At the height of the pandemic, when emergency rooms overflowed and resources were scarce, it became normal practice to leave a patient on a stretcher with an oxygen canister. “Now I’m preparing to do it all again - and again and again.”..

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