The Air Force airlifted the patients to Rondonia, Para, and Rio de Janeiro. These states have less health burden than the Amazon state, which is in crisis due to the lack of beds and oxygen.
Local authorities foresee moving 1,500 patients in the next few days to gain space in the territory's hospitals to receive new patients.
"We are negotiating with a private airline company that could transport up to 80 patients in each trip," Amazon governor Wilson Miranda explained.
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Last week, Rondonia's authorities requested to transfer patients from its hospitals to other bordering regions after 100 percent of its intensive care unit (ICU) beds were occupied.
"Today, hospitals are in better conditions, and they are available to help those in need," Rondonia governor Marcos Rocha said.
Lack of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients and delays in carrying out transfers of sick people from the Amazon state are the basis of an investigation opened against Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello by the Federal Supreme Court (TSJ)