Healthcare workers in Brazil's Amazonas state took to social media on Thursday, begging for help amid a dire situation with oxygen shortages in hospitals of Manaus - the state's capital city.
Bitterly denouncing the situation, people sent desperate messages, asking to share them in social media and reaching out to media figures online. Some people urge those who can to bring oxygen, which is essential in treating COVID patients with respiratory complications, to the hospitals.
According to official figures, Manaus is breaking dismal records for the fourth day straight, burying 198 people, with 87 deaths coronavirus-related.
Amazonas' governor, Wilson Lima, on Thursday imposed a curfew, which will begin Friday and last from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
"These are difficult but necessary measures," Lima said, referring to the imposed curfew. "We are in a war operation."
According to Amazonas governor, the state is currently "in the most critical moment of the pandemic."
“We’re in an appalling state", a female medical worker on a video said. "The whole unit’s oxygen has simply run out and there are many people dying. Anyone who has any oxygen available please bring it to the clinic [near the airport]. There are so many people dying, for the love of God.”
🚨 NÃO TEM CILINDROS DE OXIGÊNIO EM VÁRIOS HOSPITAIS E OUTRAS UNIDADES DE SAÚDE EM MANAUS!— OXIGÊNIO PARA MANAUS | 𝑷𝒂𝒎 (@pamtaketomi) January 14, 2021
Tem gente morrendo sufocada porque não consegue respirar pela falta desses cilindros. Tem um genocídio acontecendo!! pic.twitter.com/vu2T56DPHK
While some call for help, others are in an even more desperate state, as users tweet that "people are suffocating to death".
Enquanto isso médicos em Manaus usam as redes sociais para pedir Oxigênio. Amazonas vivendo seu maior pesadelo . pic.twitter.com/KyEa7osVeP— Ravel | 🦂 (@Raveloliveirah) January 14, 2021
Profissionais de saúde estão esgotados— Igor Reale (@igorrealequatro) January 14, 2021
Manaus precisa de ajuda. As pessoas estão morrendo sufocadas.
OXIGÊNIO PARA MANAUS pic.twitter.com/jwauMMW2EW
Viral videos shared online show people filling corridors and hospital rooms.
Essa a triste realidade dos hospitais de Manaus 😔 pic.twitter.com/7y6xcF1CmF— felipe souza (@Felipe_Fla1981) January 14, 2021
"Manaus" has propelled to worldwide trends with over a million tweets. Brazilian vice-president Hamilton Mourão said that military aircraft are transporting additional medical supplies and oxygen cylinders to the state.
On Tuesday, the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, cited by Folha De S.Paulo, denounced state authorities for "letting go" of the oxygen meant for the coronavirus patients.
Brazil has registered over 8,3 million cases of coronavirus, with more than 207,000 related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.