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AP PHOTOS: Brazil virus despair stretches from Rio to Amazon

By ALAN CLENDENNING and DIARLEI RODRIGUES Associated PressMay 7, 2020, 4:30 PM4 min readRIO DE JANEIRO — From the Amazon city of Manaus to the seemingly endless urban sprawl of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, freshly dug graves have been filling up quickly for weeks with the bodies of Brazilians killed by COVID-19. Deaths…

AP PHOTOS: Brazil virus despair stretches from Rio to Amazon

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ALAN CLENDENNING and DIARLEI RODRIGUES Associated Press

Might 7, 2020, 4: 30 PM

4 minutes read

RIO DE JANEIRO–
From the Amazon city of Manaus to the apparently unlimited urban spread of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, freshly dug graves have actually been filling quickly for weeks with the bodies of Brazilians killed by COVID-19

Deaths from the coronavirus hit some cities so tough starting last month that authorities were unprepared for the crush of bodies even though regional governments imposed measures focused on stopping the spread of the virus.

On The Other Hand, President Jair Bolsonaro railed versus service shutdowns as more damaging than the infection itself– and the nation’s very first lockdown was not purchased till today, when there were already more than 7,000 deaths.

As the toll rose, Associated Press professional photographers and videojournalists fanned out throughout Latin America’s biggest and most populated nation to capture the pain experienced by routine Brazilians– at cemeteries, at healthcare facilities and at a jail with rioting prisoners, as well as at spiritual ceremonies and inside the homes of grieving loved ones.

They spent days passing through the narrow streets of Brazil’s bristling slums, or favelas, where more than 11 countless the country’s 211 million people reside in confined conditions that professionals fear could be annihilated by virus outbreaks.

In one Rio favela, 31- year-old manicurist Leticia Machado and her hubby, who does chores, have not had work given that service constraints were enforced in the city. They’re relying on food donations from neighbors and a nearby cultural center to feed their 7 children.

The city’s healthcare facilities are close to capacity and health employees complain that they do not have adequate essential drugs to deal with patients. Some workers needed to purchase their own protective equipment at the general public health center where Taina dos Santos’ 56- year-old mother worked as a nursing assistant– till she died of the coronavirus late last month.

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As gravediggers equipped in white hooded fits stood holding their shovels at a hillside cemetery, dos Santos bid farewell to her mom’s coffin.

” She gave whatever to her job until the very end,” dos Santos said.

In Sao Paulo, an AP professional photographer captured an image a month ago of numerous freshly dug serious sites that Bolsonaro called “phony news” and “sensationalism.” When the professional photographer checked out again last week, the tombs were filled together with dozens of brand-new ones.

Bolsonaro, who has actually repeatedly called COVID-19 “a little flu” and declines to use a mask at his public occasions, has actually been criticized by protesters who lean from their house windows to bang pots and pans. He was imagined on graffiti on a Rio wall using a mask with the word “coward” on it, covering his eyes.

Bolsonaro’s take on the coronavirus angers Valter Azevedo Bonfim, whose mom died at a Rio health center after he took her there struggling with what he thought were virus signs.

” Look the number of hearses are leaving, and that guy is stating that it’s a little flu!” he stated outside the hospital. “He goes and speaks on TELEVISION, informing individuals to go to the streets. How can we go to the streets? My mother went to the street and I buried her!”

In Manaus, a city of 2.2 million in the large Amazon region, the death rise was so extreme that trenches for common graves were dug in one cemetery and coffins were stacked atop each other. Some who wanted burials for enjoyed ones selected cremation rather.

In a bad working-class Manaus area, 86- year-old Raimundo Costa do Nascimento passed away at his home surrounded by relative and was envisioned with 8 of them as he lay dead in bed.

They had to wait 10 hours for his body to be recovered.

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Associated Press video manufacturer Diarlei Rodrigues reported this story in Rio de Janeiro and AP writer Alan Clendenning reported from Phoenix. AP videojournalists Mario Lobão and Yesica Fisch and photographer Leo Correa in Rio de Janeiro added to this report.

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