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Brazilian officials were warned six days in advance of a looming oxygen crisis in Manaus

January 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Local and federal officials in Brazil were warned of looming oxygen shortages nearly a week before crisis struck in the city of Manaus, the country's Solicitor General has revealed.

(CNN)Local and federal officials in Brazil were warned of looming oxygen shortages nearly a week before crisis struck in the city of Manaus, the country's Solicitor General has revealed.

In a country already hard-hit by the coronavirus, oxygen shortages and soaring Covid-19 cases have pushed Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, into a healthcare crisis.

According to the Solicitor General's report, the Manaus health department had been aware that the city's health system was on the verge of collapse since early January.

An Amazonas' state government spokesperson told CNN they would provide "clarifications" to the Prosecutor General's office, and added that the state continues to work to mitigate the crisis, including, "the transport of oxygen from other states to Manaus, the installation of mini oxygen in hospitals, the transfer of patients for assistance in other states and the requisition of all production from local oxygen suppliers. "

On January 14, Amazonas state officials announced that Manaus hospitals and emergency rooms faced crippling shortages of oxygen, amid soaring Covid-19 cases.

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