A teenager from a remote Amazon tribe died of COVID-19

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A teenager from a remote Amazon tribe, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died. This raised concerns and impacted the region’s indigenous people.

The teenage boy, who was in an intensive care unit in Roraima General Hospital in Boa Vista, died of respiratory complications on Thursday night.

A Yanomami rights group said the boy had come in to contact with “many” other indigenous people. The boy was part of the village of Rehebe on the Uraricoera River, located in Amazon.

The Hutukara Association blamed “inadequate medical care”, saying he went more than two weeks without a diagnosis from the time he first went to the hospital.

A major outbreak among indigenous communities would amount to a “genocide,” said Katia Brasil. The Socio-Environmental Institute declared that the virus entered the tribes via illegal miners. The institute reported over 20,000 illegal miners that entered the tribes territory.

“This disease is very dangerous for us,” said Dario Yawarioma. “It’s a very sad day for the Yanomami”

The Yanomami, known for their face paint and intricate piercings, were largely  isolated from the outside world until the mid-20th century.

The boy was studying to become a teacher in the indigenous reserve. He was the third indigenous person in Brazil to die after contracting the novel Coronavirus. At least eight indigenous patients from five different ethnicities have tested positive for the virus.

The Coronavirus has taken a toll on Brazil, affecting it vastly, with 1,000 deaths in the country so far.

Apart from this teenager from an Amazon tribe, many other young people died. To find out more about this topic, check out this article!

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