In Brazil, the new coronavirus is raging, and the number of affected people is rapidly increasing. It seems that we are the first country in the world where, after 50 days from the first registered cases, the number of cases of and deaths from COVID-19 is still increasing. The real numbers are even more staggering than what has been officially reported.
By May 14 in Manaus (about 2,200,000 people), there are around 1,000 official deaths, but an average of 150 people are buried every day. This stands in sharp contrast to the 30 deaths per day for the past year.
Manaus is one of the most affected cities in Brazil. To make matters worse, the public health care system is not proportionate to its population. Manaus (with almost 2,200,000 people) has the only ICUs in the whole Amazon region, and their 360 beds have been full since the beginning of April. Some private clinics are offering ICU beds for the astronomical cost of around $18,000 paid in cash, in advance. Coronavirus spreading among the indigenous people of the rain forest is a significant concern, because of their lack of access to medical care-even measles represent a grave threat to this population. Image
In the metropolitan area of Manaus, schools were closed on March 16, but we wanted to keep the Queen of the Apostles School open to help our students avoid any hardships or danger on their long trips back home. However, it has become clear that his pandemic will last longer than expected, so we decided to close, keeping only 15 students unable to leave due to the closure of many means of transportation.
Marcinete, our gardening teacher, contracted the coronavirus. Luckily, she has recovered and has been released from the hospital. Our prudence in remaining locked down at the school and its compound allowed us to ensure that no one else contracted the virus.