Manaus, Brazil, hospital system collapsing, oxygen lacking in COVID surge: minister

FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello speaks during a ceremony to announce a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The hospital system in the Amazon city of Manaus is collapsing from a second wave of COVID-19 and it is running out of oxygen, Brazilian Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Thursday.

Speaking on a webcast with President Jair Bolsonaro at his side, Pazuello said the city’s hospitals were short of medical staff as deaths surge again. Amazonas state has appealed to the United States to send a military transport plane with oxygen cylinders.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Leslie Adler