Brazil's Supreme Court and a federal court in Amazonas have ordered the country's government to work to immediately resolve a severe oxygen shortage in the coronavirus-hit state.
Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Lewandowski ordered the federal government to take all actions within its power to alleviate the health crisis in Manaus, the Amazonas capital.
Lewandowski instructed the government to draw up a "comprehensive and detailed" plan with strategies to deal with the deadly emergency within 24 hours. He also directed the government to immediately find oxygen and other necessary supplies for the Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Manaus.
A federal court in Amazonas also intervened in the matter. A judge in Manaus ordered the federal government to immediately transfer all patients from the city’s public health system who may die due to lack of oxygen to places where they can get care.
The order issued on Thursday said it was the federal government's responsibility to send patients to other states.