Sep 9, 2020
Amazon: In the cross-hairs of coronavirus and forest fires
At the same time, President Bolsonaro has declared the fires a lie. According to Brazil's space agency INPE, the number of fires in the Amazon jumped 28% in July from a year ago. As a result, it has also become a focal point for fires as often illegally-cleared land is then illegally burned too. The concern is that this year, yet more pressure will be heaped on some of the most scarcely resourced health centres in the country as they deal with both Covid-19 and the fires. The problems in the Amazon are bigger than just Covid-19 and they will not go away overnight - these communities are on the front line, living in the cross-hairs of both the virus and the fires.
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