On the evening of the 21st, the police in the Amazonian state of northern Brazil arrested 63 bar operators and customers watching football matches in five illegally operated bars in the eastern part of the capital Manaus.
The Amazon state is currently the most severely affected area of Brazil with the new crown pneumonia. The government of Manaus, the capital, announced on January 15 that it will impose a curfew from 19:00 to 6 am every day from now on, prohibiting the movement of unnecessary personnel. The deadline for the curfew is January 31, and the police received a report on the evening of the 21st that five bars continued to operate after the curfew and a large number of people gathered to watch the football match. The police immediately sent officers to blockade these bars, arrested bar operators and customers, and confiscated alcoholic beverages that were prohibited from sale during the curfew.
At present, the Amazon medical system is overwhelmed and medical oxygen equipment is in short supply. More than 241,000 people have been diagnosed with new coronary pneumonia in the state, and more than 6,700 people have died.