Brazil’s favelas struggle to count their dead as coronavirus rages

Last month, dozens of favela charities published an open letter saying residents should get priority for vaccines.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Before they can even start the grim task of tallying coronavirus deaths in Brazil’s favelas, Ana Paula Sales and her team must negotiate access with the drug traffickers and armed militias that run them.

It is dangerous work - on one visit to a favela in Itaguaí, a town in Rio de Janeiro state, the all-female team had to run for their lives after getting caught up in a shoot-out between drug gangs and police.

Sales sees an accurate count of victims as a crucial part of the fight against the pandemic in a . . .

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