Ecuador Live Updates
- Bodies left out on sidewalks. The authorities struggling to keep track of deaths. Funeral parlors, out of coffins, using cardboard boxes made by companies that usually package bananas and shrimp.
- Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, has warned that the real figure is much higher, but that because testing is limited the true extent of infections is impossible to determine.
- To alleviate the economic pain, last week the government began paying informal workers a $60 monthly stipend to stay home.
- Troops and police in Ecuador have collected at least 150 bodies from streets and homes in the port city of Guayaquil, the government said, warning that as many as 3,500 people could die of the coronavirus in the city and surrounding province in the coming months.
- The government spokesman apologized in a message broadcast on state television. He said mortuary workers had been unable to keep up with the removal of dead people because of a curfew imposed under the pandemic.
- The medical experts, unfortunately, estimate that deaths from COVID-19 in these months will reach between 2,500 and 3,500 – in the province of Guayas alone, and we are preparing for that.
- The country is facing a crisis as no one knows how many people are infected, with reports of very limited testing for COVID-19.
- Ecuador’s national nurses association said up to 370 of their staff have been infected with coronavirus, and five have died.