Protesters demonstrated outside the Sao Paulo Regional Nursing Council on Friday, demanding safety for nurses and healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.
Several of the demonstrators were family members of Maria Duarte, a 63 year-old diabetic nurse who lost her life after developing coronavirus symptoms. Protesters wore shirts with an image of the deceased medical worker.
«My mother was a public servant, my mother was a nurse. She worked in the Emergency Room 2, in Carapicuiba, and twice she asked for leave. She had health problems, and they didn't care about it,» said Marta Costa, a daughter of Duarte who participated in the protest.
33 nurses are believed to have died from the disease across the state of Sao Paulo.
Brazil has been the second hardest-hit country in the world with more than 1.2 million registered cases of COVID-19 and nearly 55,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus.