The coronavirus crisis has become so bad in a Brazilian city that it has been compared to the “medieval plague”.
Some patients in Manaus, the capital of the Amazon, are suffocating to death from lack of oxygen without oxygen.
Brazil suffered one of the worst Covid deaths in the world before a new deadly disease emerged in the country.
The situation in Manaus is now so critical that patients are being flown to other states for treatment because of the pressure on hospitals in the city.
Jessem Orellana from the Fiocruz-Amazonia Scientific Research Institute previously said some hospitals in Manaus had become a kind of asphyxiation chamber after a lack of oxygen.
Things have gotten so bad that bankrupt Venezuela had to step in to provide oxygen.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been blamed for the outbreak, which ranks second after the United States.
The military has now been called in to help. Troops collect seriously ill patients and evacuate them to other parts of the country.
Relatives of hospitalized Brazilians will be given oxygen canisters with refill instructions in order to keep their loved ones alive.
Resident Helcio da Silva Maia Neto, who volunteered to fill canisters for his community, compared the crisis to a “biological war”.
He said Sky News : “More people die here than in wartime. We live a war, literally a biological war in our cities … our city.
“I struggle to refill these canisters every day and I face these difficulties. I’ve been here in this line since last night to refill three canisters.”
Medical volunteers in Manaus have to remove oxygen from some Covid patients so that others can receive the life-saving gas.
Sky News cameraman Jamie Kennerley said filming in town is like reporting on a “plague.”
He said, “It felt like we were covering a situation in the Middle Ages with a serious plague that grips the population and people falling like flies.”