CORONAVIRUS crushes Ecuador because the bodies are left to rot in the street while the mortuaries are completely filled with corpses.
Government officials say 400 bodies have been found in recent days in the port city of Guayaquil.
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The country is facing a crisis as no one knows how many people are infected, with very limited test reports for Covid-19.
Ecuador officially has 2,700 cases of coronavirus and 93 deaths, including 60 in Guayaquil.
The number is believed to be considerably higher as scary images reveal bodies left on the streets and coffins thrown outside while waiting to be picked up.
Other bodies are believed to be unclaimed in hospitals and clinics have been overwhelmed by the number of infections.
The photos show queues of people, some seeming to run out of steam, flooding Guayaquil hospitals.
Doctors said up to 1,000 patients arrive at the city’s largest hospital, Los Ceibos, every day.
Doctors have said that although many are false alarms, the numbers are pushing their resources to the breaking point.
The National Association of Nurses of Ecuador said that nearly 370 of its employees had been infected with a coronavirus and five had died.
And in the midst of all this, city officials were forced to deny that they planned to dig a mass grave to deal with the dead.
Mayor Cynthia Viteri called on the national government to step up and help pick up the corpses in Guayaquil.
She said, “They leave them in the villages, they fall in front of the hospitals.
“Nobody wants to get them back. “
The mayor herself has tested positive for the coronavirus as the deadly disease invades the world, nearly a million cases worldwide.
Ecuador has been one of the most affected countries in South America.
Troops were placed on patrol in the streets of Guayaquil to impose a strict lock.
Hundreds have also been arrested for violating quarantine – which includes a night curfew between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.
The photos show coffins sitting on the ground waiting to be picked up outside hospitals.
Store shelves were also exposed in the middle of the pandemic.
Other photos show crowds of elderly people flocking to banks last Friday to withdraw their pensions before the curfew.
The horrific scenes of Guayaquil come after the arrest of a city baker for a sick prank in which he touched his nose before wiping his fingers on fresh dough.
He filmed himself wearing a surgical mask and you could see him running his hands over buns on a treadmill.
Hector Galarza, a resident of Guayaquil, assumed that many of the dead crowded on the streets were likely to be the city’s poor.
He said the bodies generate “panic” as they are ravaged by Covid-19.
Journalists from the Reuters news agency saw the body of a man lying on a sidewalk under a sheet of blue plastic.
Police said the man collapsed while waiting to enter a store, but his cause of death has not been confirmed.
After several hours of unclaimed rest on the street – he was eventually sent back by the authorities.
Mayor Viteri has promised that the unclaimed bodies will now be placed in three refrigerated containers.
City officials are also studying plans for a new cemetery – but have denied rumors that it would be a mass grave.
The local government insisted that all the dead receive a “Christian burial”.
And despite being sick with the virus, Mayor Viteri insisted that she would continue working to “protect Guayaquilenos in a time as difficult as this.”
She said, “I will be where I am and how I am.
“Don’t leave your homes, protect the elderly and the weak and take care of each other. “
Ecuador reported its first known case of coronavirus on February 29, a 70-year-old woman who arrived from Italy – she died two weeks later.
President Lenin Moreno tried to restrict travel and the country’s borders were closed on March 16.
Guayaquil would have been slow to follow the advice, however, due to its lively open and commercial markets.
Urban vehicles were used two weeks ago to block the landing of a KLM flight that had been sent by governments to Europe.
He was trying to steal and rescue citizens left stranded by travel restrictions.
Finally, the plane finally landed in the capital, Quito, where 170 foreign citizens boarded for a return flight to Amsterdam.
Last week, Ecuador’s Minister of Health and Labor, Catalina Andramuno, resigned just hours after announcing a massive spike in cases.
Health workers complained about the lack of supplies to properly care for the infected.
Ms. Andramuno visited public hospitals to reassure staff just a few days before leaving.
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