This is the shocking moment the bodies of deceased coronavirus victims are filmed lying next to live patients fighting the disease in a Brazilian hospital.
The disturbing scenes were recorded at the Joao Lucio Emergency Hospital in the city of Manaus in the northern Brazilian state of Amazonas where the bodies of 14 COVID-19 victims were being kept next to patients.
In the video bodies of victims can be seen lying on gurneys, with some covered in blankets next to intubated patients. Reports state in the video there are 10 bodies in body bags or under covers and 11 patients, some of whom are being treated next to the bodies.
The State Secretary of Health said in a press statement that the victims had died between the night of 15th April and the morning of the 16th April, adding that five of the bodies have now been removed.
Nine of the victims remain in the hospital awaiting family members with death certificates, according to reports.
The Secretary of Health’s statement said that the 14 victims had died in the hospital which is now being used to treat COVID-19 patients as the larger Delphina Aziz Hospital is at full capacity.
Of the 14, eight were reportedly above 60 years old, six had severe underlying conditions and all were admitted to the hospital in a serious condition, according to reports.
Eleven emergency rooms in the state have been transferred into COVID-19 treatment centres, called ‘pink rooms’, with clinical and stabilisation beds along with ventilators for patients waiting to transfer to the Delphina Aziz Hospital.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Amazonas had reached 1,719 with 124 deaths yesterday, according to figures from Vigilance in Health Foundation, with one of the highest infection rates in Brazil at 303 cases per million inhabitants.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Brazil has suffered 30,891 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,952 deaths.
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