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  • Brazil has the second highest coronavirus death toll in the world, and the country is struggling with a new variant of the virus and a devastating second wave.

  • Manaus, in the Amazon rainforest, is at the epicenter.

  • It's where the new strain was found.

  • Its hospitals can hardly cope.

  • Brazil has started vaccinating people, but any relief from this virus fills a very long way off from Manaus.

  • Here's our South America correspondent Katie Watson.

  • This is not the first time announce has been brought to its knees in the cemetery, a reminder of the first wave where digging mass graves was the only way to keep up with the number of people dying.

  • The biggest city in the Amazon people here feel for gotten again on the second wave is worse.

  • Last week, the city's overwhelmed hospitals ran out of oxygen supplies is still patchy.

  • Now people queue at local gas companies in the hope of keeping their loved ones alive.

  • Don't despair, says this company representative.

  • Cylinders are now being delivered across the city, but Elke is terrified.

  • She's had to leave her mother at home with no oxygen to come here.

  • She only has this one cylinder I eat by Balala talks you have to obey.

  • Local volunteers like Marcel have stepped in to help bring oxygen to those who need it.

  • He's looking after five people making daily oxygen runs, but it's taking its toll.

  • They won't just for the no vote oxygen photo because it asked me.

  • Okay, so somebody it was just to check out What does the for the Oh hell no.

  • This is not fixed up.

  • Doctors are concerned.

  • The new variant found in the Amazon region is overwhelming.

  • Already packed hospitals.

  • Normally there are eight beds in here, one patient to each room.

  • But in the past few days, doctors had to double that.

  • Each patient now shares their 16 beds and they still have to find space to grow.

  • Jamie is the oldest here, 77.

  • His survival, says his son Fabio is down to luck.

  • The rest of the ward is full of young people.

  • This woman's 23 next to her, a man in his thirties.

  • It's shocked doctors here, here in my house, we have the center here now, But in other parts of Brazil this new strain we're gonna go.

  • So thank God the vaccinations already started.

  • There's concern, though, that vaccines aren't getting to those who need them.

  • But as we prepare to leave some good news, Jamie reacts to his family for the first time since he became ill, a rare glimpse of hope in otherwise dark times here.

  • Katie Watson, BBC News in my House.

Brazil has the second highest coronavirus death toll in the world, and the country is struggling with a new variant of the virus and a devastating second wave.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/01/23
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