RIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian Supreme Court justice on Monday licensed an investigation of Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello to decide whether or now not he is criminally accountable for the COVID-19 crisis in the Amazonian metropolis of Manaus.
The largest metropolis in Brazil’s giant rainforest space became once slammed this month by a excessive second wave of infections, and jam-packed hospitals ran out of oxygen. Sufferers’ family hunted for tanks to attend their cherished ones respiratory, and dozens died asphyxiated.
Brazil’s Prosecutor-classic Augusto Aras requested the court to greenlight the investigation, citing a doc that said the health ministry knew of dwindling oxygen stocks in Manaus hospitals on Jan. 8, however didn’t originate dispatching extra offers unless four days later. Brazil’s air drive started evacuating patients to other states on Jan. 15.
Justice Ricardo Lewandowski in his resolution licensed the federal police to originate up the investigation, and maintain within 60 days.
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