Articles by Reuters, New York Post and the BBC confirm the Amazon tribe’s first COVID-19 death and that indigenous people are endangered by the virus.
Reuters has reported that the health official said that it has raised fears that the epidemic would spread among the largest indigenous tribe in northern Brazil. It also reported that anthropologists and health experts have warned that the coronavirus could have a devastating impact on Brazil’s 850,000 indigenous people who are vulnerable to external diseases and whose lifestyle in tribal villages rules out social distancing.
Federal University of So Paulo researcher Dr Sofia Mendonça told BBC News on 6 April 2020 that there is a huge risk of the virus spreading across the native communities and wiping them out.
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