A RESTAURANT in Brazil has been slammed for hosting a swingers party were guests were romping on tables.
It comes as Brazil registered 945,650 active coronavirus cases which has led to the country’s pandemic been described as a “medieval plague”.
The party was denounced by Twitter page “Brasil Fede Covid”, which documents reported cases of “Covidiocy”, on January 24.
The page exposed the party, which is alleged to have taken place the previous day, tagging Curitiba mayor Rafael Greca and the Parana State Justice Department in the post.
According to local media, the party was for restaurant staff and took place after closing time.
Employees are said to have romped on the tables that customers were eating from just hours before.
The restaurant, which has been identified as “Izakaya Hyotan”, is said to be a relatively new business and had reportedly previously won plaudits for closing voluntarily in March this year to help to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The Parana State Justice Department has since replied to the post, commenting that it is “already aware of the facts and is opening an inquiry to investigate what happened”.
On the day of the alleged romp, Parana State registered 3,127 new COVID-19 cases.
Meanwhile, Brazilian epidemiologist Jesem Orellana said with hospitals overrun and supplies of oxygen running out that hospital beds in the Amazonas region have turned into “asphyxiation chambers”.
He warned that the collapse of the local healthcare system in Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas region, could happen in other parts of Brazil too.
“It is not only possible that it will happen, it is already happening,” Orellana told Al Jazeera.
Manaus, in the northern state of Amazonas, has been hit hard by a brutal second wave that has pushed the city’s emergency services to breaking point.
‘PEOPLE DROPPING LIKE FLIES’
The city ran out of oxygen, prompting the federal government to fly in tanks from across the country in order to save people from suffocating to death.
The region is also the birthplace of a new coronavirus variant, with similar mutations to those from Britain and South Africa, that researchers believe is more transmissible and may be paying a role in the dire state the city finds itself in.
According to Sky News, one cameraman said that Manaus felt like it had been hit by a “plague”.
He said: “It felt like we were covering a situation in medieval times, with a serious plague sweeping the population and people dropping like flies.
“What was difficult to see, aside from the deaths, was the lengths that individuals were going to to try and save the lives of their loved ones, in the face of a government and health system that simply can’t cope.
“And that their efforts are almost never going to be enough.”
Brazil has recorded more than 216,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, the second-highest in the world after the United States, according to the John Hopkins University data.
Yesterday it was revealed that Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Lewandowski has approved an investigation into Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Manaus.
Lewandowski granted a petition for the probe by Attorney General Augusto Aras, and gave a period of 60 days for the probe to conclude.
Pazuello has five days to give testimony to the federal police, the document shows.