Natives of remote Amazon tribe risk being wiped out as they record first case of coronavirus

Fears coronavirus could 'wipe out' native communities are growing after a boy from an Amazon tribe fell critically ill.

The 15-year-old is a member of the Yanomami community, along the Brazilian-Venezuelan border.

He is now in intensive care after being admitted to the General Hospital of Roraima suffering with fever and severe chest pain.

To tackle the Covid-19 outbreak, members of many communities are breaking off into smaller groups, according to reports in south America.

President of the Federation of Indigenous Organizations of Rio Negro Marivelton Baré said some local communities are "in a panic".

He said:

We'll need to take the food to the villages so that they don't expose themselves during this critical moment.

In their case also there's a huge fear the natives could be wiped away due to the little number.

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