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Wed Apr 29, 2020, 11:21 PM

Amazon city resorts to mass graves as Brazil COVID-19 deaths soar

APRIL 29, 2020 / 3:24 PM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO

Bruno Kelly

MANAUS, Brazil (Reuters) - Deaths from the coronavirus outbreak have piled up so fast in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city that the main cemetery is burying five coffins at a time in collective graves.

Soon, the city may run out of coffins.

“It’s chaos here,” said Maria Garcia, who waited for three hours in a line of hearses to obtain a death certificate to be able to bury her 80-year-old grandfather, who died at dawn in his home of respiratory collapse.

Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, was the first in Brazil to run out of intensive care units, but officials warned that several other cities are close behind as the country registered a record 6,276 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

Brazil’s Health Ministry reported 449 related deaths in the prior 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 5,466 out of 78,162 confirmed cases.


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