The Amazon is collapsing because of the coronavirus and mass graves are being excavated in Manaus. The terrible tragedy in progress, with the number of deaths tripled in just a week, was announced in tears by the mayor of the Amazonian capital, Arthur Virgilio Neto, mayor of the Amazonian capital Manaus, who did not use mincing words: "We are not living a emergency, but a natural disaster. "
After facing the crisis in hospitals, a real drama is underway in Manaus to manage the victims of the coronavirus, while President Bolsonaro continues to deny the pandemic, calling it "fantasy", "hysteria" or "small crisis".
The collapse of the healthcare system, crowded with patients with Covid-19, makes it difficult to treat the wounded and people with other diseases. In other words, the pandemic generates an increase in deaths not only because of their own infection, but also because of the failure to manage other situations.
Asked about the death toll from the crisis, the president replied last Monday 20 April that he was neither an undertaker nor a mortician. And so, in the meantime, those who really deal with burying the dead no longer know where to put them.
In the largest cemetery in the city, the government installed two refrigerated containers to accommodate the large number of coffins sent by hospitals. The coffin are then buried in a single moat, side by side and without farewells. Everything to avoid further contamination.
Specifically, the Amazonian capital currently has 1,664 official infections, of which 166 are fatal. According to the local Urban Hygiene Department, a total of 656 bodies were buried in the city cemetery from April 12 to 19. The funeral system collapsed, immediately after the health system, with a few intensive care posts, now fully booked.
Since last week, dozens of new graves have been opened, in anticipation of the increase in the number of deaths. Images of mass graves are traveling around the world. And they are very reminiscent of those from Hart Island, in New York.
"We are collapsing, doctors have to choose who to save based on age. We are reaching a very painful point, which we should not have reached if we had practiced quarantine. We are barbaric, "said the mayor, who launched an SOS for the Amazon:
"The Amazon needs help, we need volunteers, doctors, nurses and medical equipment," he said. Virgilio also criticized the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, for participating in the demonstration last Sunday in favor of the military dictatorship.