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Brazil: Planes bring oxygen to Manaus and airlift patients to other states amid COVID surge02:12

Brazil: Planes bring oxygen to Manaus and airlift patients to other states amid COVID surge

Brazil, Manaus
January 16, 2021 at 03:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Brazil’s Air Force delivered emergency supplies of oxygen to Ponta Pelada Airport in Manaus, on Friday, and airlifted patients to other states, amid a dramatic surge of COVID-19 cases in the state of Amazonas.

Patients were seen being transferred from ambulances to Brazilian Air Force planes, with the help of medical and military personnel in protective gear.

According to reports, the Brazilian Air Force brought 386 oxygen cylinders from Garulhos to Manaus on Friday, to be sent to hospitals that are currently experiencing a lack in oxygen supplies amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Hospitals are overwhelmed, with local media reporting that some residents sought to buy oxygen tanks on the black market.

Daily records of hospitalisations were observed, with numbers in January exceeding the total registered during the first wave in May, 2020.

According to the Government of Amazonas, between January 1 and 11 only, some 1,979 were admitted to hospitals in Manaus due to COVID-19. In the whole of May, the total number of hospitalised patients had reached 1,926.

Brazil: Planes bring oxygen to Manaus and airlift patients to other states amid COVID surge02:12
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Brazil’s Air Force delivered emergency supplies of oxygen to Ponta Pelada Airport in Manaus, on Friday, and airlifted patients to other states, amid a dramatic surge of COVID-19 cases in the state of Amazonas.

Patients were seen being transferred from ambulances to Brazilian Air Force planes, with the help of medical and military personnel in protective gear.

According to reports, the Brazilian Air Force brought 386 oxygen cylinders from Garulhos to Manaus on Friday, to be sent to hospitals that are currently experiencing a lack in oxygen supplies amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Hospitals are overwhelmed, with local media reporting that some residents sought to buy oxygen tanks on the black market.

Daily records of hospitalisations were observed, with numbers in January exceeding the total registered during the first wave in May, 2020.

According to the Government of Amazonas, between January 1 and 11 only, some 1,979 were admitted to hospitals in Manaus due to COVID-19. In the whole of May, the total number of hospitalised patients had reached 1,926.