By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 26, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The mayor of Brazil”s worst-hit city has described the hundreds of #coronavirus deaths in Manaus as ‘a scene out of a horror movie’ as bodies are piled up in refrigerated trucks and bulldozers dig mass graves at cemeteries.
Mayor Virgilio Neto said his city was ‘no longer in a state of emergency but rather of absolute calamity’ after the daily death rate shot up from 20-30 per day to more than 100 because of the pandemic.
The city has the highest death rate of any state capital in Brazil and the mayor fears there are more hidden deaths because people are dying at home without medical care. The pandemic has also reached extremely vulnerable indigenous communities in the state of Amazonas, which is so huge it can take days of travel by boat to reach outlying towns and villages.
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has downplayed the virus as a ‘little cold’ and demanded an end to lockdown measures, but the country now has more infections (45,000) and deaths (2,900) than any other in Latin America.