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写真 | 2021年 03月 31日 00:39 JST

Dying in line: Inside Brazil's crunch for COVID ICU beds

Patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus, wait in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru, Sao Paulo state, Brazil. As much of the world appears to be emerging from the worst of the pandemic, Brazil's health system is buckling. Across the country there are over 6,000 people waiting for an ICU bed, according to government data. Picture taken March 23.  

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Patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus, wait in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Cemore

Patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus, wait in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru, Sao Paulo state, Brazil. As much of the world appears to be emerging from the worst of the pandemic, Brazil's health system is buckling. Across the country there are over 6,000 people waiting for an ICU bed, according to government data. Picture taken March 23. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Health workers take care of patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus, as they wait to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. In 15 of Brazil's 26 states, ICU capacity is at or above 90% full, as the country's P1 variant fuels a second wave far deadlier than the first. Even in Sao Paulo, Brazil's wealthiest state with a sophisticated public hospital network, scores are dying in line for intensive care.    

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Health workers take care of patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus, as they wait to be transferred more

Health workers take care of patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus, as they wait to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. In 15 of Brazil's 26 states, ICU capacity is at or above 90% full, as the country's P1 variant fuels a second wave far deadlier than the first. Even in Sao Paulo, Brazil's wealthiest state with a sophisticated public hospital network, scores are dying in line for intensive care. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru.more

A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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On Bauru's front line, doctors are exhausted; understaffed and under-resourced against the relentless tide of infections. "People have been talking for months about the risk of the public health system collapsing," said Fred Nicácio, a doctor treating COVID-19 patients in Bauru. "Sadly, that moment has come."  REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

On Bauru's front line, doctors are exhausted; understaffed and under-resourced against the relentless tide of more

On Bauru's front line, doctors are exhausted; understaffed and under-resourced against the relentless tide of infections. "People have been talking for months about the risk of the public health system collapsing," said Fred Nicácio, a doctor treating COVID-19 patients in Bauru. "Sadly, that moment has come." REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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A health worker takes care of a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus as he waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

A health worker takes care of a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus as he waits in the corridor tomore

A health worker takes care of a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus as he waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Beds are so scarce in Bauru that desperate relatives are turning to the courts, hiring lawyers to secure injunctions that would force hospitals - public or private - to take in patients. But lawyers cannot create ICU beds where there are none. Even private hospitals are struggling, sometimes begging the public sector to take patients needing intensive care off their waitlists.  
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Beds are so scarce in Bauru that desperate relatives are turning to the courts, hiring lawyers to secure injunmore

Beds are so scarce in Bauru that desperate relatives are turning to the courts, hiring lawyers to secure injunctions that would force hospitals - public or private - to take in patients. But lawyers cannot create ICU beds where there are none. Even private hospitals are struggling, sometimes begging the public sector to take patients needing intensive care off their waitlists. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus wait in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru.  REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

Patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus wait in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. more

Patients, who tested positive for the coronavirus wait in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient, who tested positive for the coronavirus to a hospital in Bauru. Ambulances dart across town carrying patients connected to green oxygen canisters, their belongings in black trash bags by their feet.   

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Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient, who tested positive for the coronmore

Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient, who tested positive for the coronavirus to a hospital in Bauru. Ambulances dart across town carrying patients connected to green oxygen canisters, their belongings in black trash bags by their feet. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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A worker arrives with an oxygen cylinder in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

A worker arrives with an oxygen cylinder in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

A worker arrives with an oxygen cylinder in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Health workers take care of a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus as he waits to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

Health workers take care of a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus as he waits to be transferred tomore

Health workers take care of a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus as he waits to be transferred to the ICU in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus to a hospital in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient who tested positive for the coronamore

Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus to a hospital in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Cemore

A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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A medical staff member checks an oxygen tank used for a coronavirus patient waiting to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

A medical staff member checks an oxygen tank used for a coronavirus patient waiting to be transferred to the Imore

A medical staff member checks an oxygen tank used for a coronavirus patient waiting to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Health workers take care of patients as they wait to be transferred to the ICU. Despite the crisis, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to ridicule stay-at-home measures. He rarely wears a mask and has said he does not plan to get vaccinated. He told Brazilians to "stop whining" about the number of dead, now over 300,000 - the world's second-highest toll behind the United States.   
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Health workers take care of patients as they wait to be transferred to the ICU. Despite the crisis, President more

Health workers take care of patients as they wait to be transferred to the ICU. Despite the crisis, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to ridicule stay-at-home measures. He rarely wears a mask and has said he does not plan to get vaccinated. He told Brazilians to "stop whining" about the number of dead, now over 300,000 - the world's second-highest toll behind the United States. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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A medical staff member fills out medical records of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus waiting to be transferred to the ICU. Brazil, a major global economy once lauded for its public health victories, has also been slow to secure vaccines for its 210 million inhabitants. Less than 10% of adults have received a first dose and only 3% are fully vaccinated.


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A medical staff member fills out medical records of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus waiting tmore

A medical staff member fills out medical records of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus waiting to be transferred to the ICU. Brazil, a major global economy once lauded for its public health victories, has also been slow to secure vaccines for its 210 million inhabitants. Less than 10% of adults have received a first dose and only 3% are fully vaccinated. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus to a hospital in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient who tested positive for the coronamore

Members of an Emergency Mobile Care Service (SAMU) team transport a patient who tested positive for the coronavirus to a hospital in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto

A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Cemore

A patient who tested positive for the coronavirus waits in the corridor to be transferred to the ICU in the Central Emergency Room in Bauru. REUTERS/Leonardo Benassatto
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