Cardboard Coffins are used in Ecuador to mitigate demand during coronavirus emergency

The coffins in the port of Guayaquil, the economic engine of Ecuador, are sold for $400, in the case of the cheapest, but in the city the suppliers are in demand

Guayaquil, the city most affected by the coronavirus in Ecuador, tries to respond with cardboard coffins to the high demand for caskets caused by the pandemic, the institution reported on Sunday. The coffins in the port of Guayaquil, the economic engine of Ecuador, are sold for $400, in the case of the cheapest, but in the city the suppliers are in demand.
Cardboard Coffins are used in Ecuador to mitigate demand during coronavirus emergency
Quito, Ecuador: - Guayaquil, the city most affected by the coronavirus in Ecuador, tries to respond with cardboard coffins to the high demand for caskets caused by the pandemic, the institution reported on Sunday.

The municipality received 1,000 cardboard caskets as a donation from  Cartoneros Association, the coffins were distributed to two local cemeteries.

"It is so that they can cover the demand for these coffins, because they have a lot, and there are none in the city or they are extremely expensive," explained a spokesman for the Guayaquil council.
The militarized province of Guayas, with Guayaquil as its capital, has the highest death caused by coronavirus with about 2,524 cases and 126 deaths recorded so far.
There is a scarcity of Coffins in the city, said Santiago Olivares, owner of a funeral firm. He also added that he has sold 40 coffins at the downtown branch of his company and also another 40 from the Duran headquarters. I had to ask for 10 more to go out over the weekend and they are over," he said.

The coffins in the port of Guayaquil, the economic engine of Ecuador, are sold for $ 400, in the case of the cheapest, but in the city the providers are out of stock.

"Due to the curfew, there is no sufficient supply of materials, wood and metal from which we make the boxes," Olivares said, recalling that a cardboard coffin does not violate the sanitary regulations issued by the government for the burial of patients who died from the covid-19.
The cardboard coffins "will be of great help in providing a dignified burial for people who died during this health emergency," the Guayaquil mayor's office posted on Twitter, where families cry out for authorities to remove the bodies from homes and streets.

In Ecuador, which reported 3,646 cases on Sunday, including 180 deaths, there is a 15-hour curfew.
Faced with the pandemic, the Ecuadorian government also declared a state of emergency, a health emergency, the suspension of classroom work and classes, the confinement of people, vehicle restrictions and the closing of borders. 

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