The coronavirus epidemic in Latin America is now rivaling that of Europe. But his options are worse.

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For two weeks, Guayaquil collapsed, forcing residents to leave corpses on the streets for days or bury them in cardboard boxes. As the number of deaths declines, the Ecuadorian government is trying to revive the ravaged economy, announcing last week that the lockout would be gradually released. But almost a week later, only two of the country’s 221 cities have decided to release quarantine for fear of a new epidemic.

José María Léon Cabrera has contributed to reports from Quito, Ecuador, Isayen Herrera de Caracas, Venezuela, Mirelis Morales de Lima, Peru, María Silvia Trigo from Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Josh Katz from New York.

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