Coronavirus Ecuador: Dead bodies left on the streets due to covid-19

The health crisis that Ecuador is going through due to the number of deaths in recent days, both victims of covid-19 and other causes, is deeper than what government reports showed.

The health crisis that Ecuador is going through due to the number of deaths in recent days, both victims of covid-19 and other causes, is deeper than what government reports showed. This Thursday by the country's president, Lenín Moreno, in a message to the country in which he also asked Ecuadorians not to minimize the severity of the crisis
The city of Guayaquil faces a crisis due to the accumulation of lifeless bodies that have not been removed from the streets and homes.
Ecuador: - This was admitted this Thursday by the country's president, Lenín Moreno, in a message to the country in which he also asked Ecuadorians "not to minimize the severity of the crisis" generated by the new coronavirus and to abide by the containment measures.
"We know that both in number of infections and deaths, official records fall short. Reality always exceeds the number of tests and the speed with which attention is paid," he said.
The most populous city in the country, Guayaquil, has been overwhelmed by the number of deaths from covid-19 or from causes not yet determined.
Dozens of corpses have been abandoned on the streets, partly due to the lack of capacity of the forensic services and also due to the closure of funeral services that have rejected the handling of the bodies of fatal victims of the covid-19.
Authorities say they have collected the corpses of about 300 people who died in homes that, due to lack of space in crowded morgues, could not be lifted by members of the National Police Criminalistics.
The national secretary of Communication of Ecuador, Gabriel Arroba, explained to the Efe agency that there will be "just over a hundred", according to his latest official report, but he specified that in the last hours that figure could have been reduced.
As of April 2, the country reported 122 deaths from covid-19 nationwide, but the cause of death for many people has not been established.
"At the beginning we took care of 30 people a day; today there are about 150 people a day that are collected," said Moreno, who announced the creation of a "special body" for the recovery of bodies.
Faced with claims that the government is mishandling the situation and the lack of information, Moreno said he has ordered that all the information is public and transparent, "however painful and sta be."
"According to scientific researchers, surely today we have tens of thousands of infections and hundreds of lives have been lost by this virus, although some cases are reported as yet only suspected ," Moreno said.

The tragedy in Guayaquil

Ecuador is one of the most infected countries per capita in the world, with its epicenter in the province of Guayas that concentrates 7 out of 10 cases of covid-19.
2.3 million inhabitants live in the city of Guayaquil and it is the city hardest hit by the pandemic, concentrating around 47% of the 2,748 cases in the entire country as of April 2.
The most recent government report indicated that 22 more people died from the disease, bringing the death toll in the country to 122.

Guayaquil families have demanded the government's help to bury their dead loved ones due to Covid-19.


Images and testimonies shared by the inhabitants of the city have shown the health crisis in the streets of the city, where coffins or corpses covered with sheets have been placed.  The government estimates that there will be between 2,500 and 3,500 deaths from covid-19 in the province of Guayas in the coming weeks alone.
Guayaquil families have demanded the government's help to bury their loved ones in Ecuador
Images and testimonies shared by the inhabitants of the city have shown the health crisis in the streets of the city, where coffins or corpses covered with sheets have been placed.
The government estimates that there will be between 2,500 and 3,500 deaths from covid-19 in the province of Guayas in the coming weeks alone.
"We are also creating a special camp for the fallen," he said.

They extend the coronavirus quarantine

The country has been under mandatory social isolation for two weeks, a measure that will last until April 12 given the severity of the infections.
From then on, a "traffic light" of restrictions will be implemented that will govern in the different regions, depending on the local health situation.
Throughout April, international and regional flights, as well as road transfers, will continue to be suspended, in addition to the fact that the educational system will remain classless.
Only people with permits and safe conducts will be allowed to move to carry out essential tasks in basic services, health, security, food, finance, strategic sectors, communication and export chains.




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