Coronavirus Crisis Gets 'Even Worse' In Brazilian Amazon City Of Manaus

When the health system first collapsed in the Amazonian city of Manaus, Brazil, and COVID-19 victims were buried in mass graves, the mayor sent a desperate appeal to then-President Donald Trump and other world leaders. "We are doing our best, but I tell you, it's still very little in [the] face of the oncoming barbarism" said Arthur Virgílio Neto in a video message . "We cannot be silent. We need all possible help." The mayor argued that Manaus, with a population of more than 2 million, acts as a custodian of the surrounding rainforest and that it was the outside world's turn to reciprocate and "look after people of this land." That was back in May. Virgílio, 75, left office when his term ended eight months later. Now he is helplessly watching a second wave of the pandemic engulf his city and bring death and havoc within the forest. "This time, it's even worse," he told NPR by Skype. The public health system in Manaus collapsed again this month. An unprecedented surge in coronavirus