The SARS-Cov2 coronavirus pandemic It overflowed the authorities and sanitary facilities in Ecuador, which since March 29 see how the contagion curve continues to grow and the contagions are already close to 7,500.
As of April 12, more than 300 people were declared dead by coronavirus, although there are numerous suspicious deaths.
The Minister of Health, Juan Carlos Zevallos, reported this Sunday that there are 7,466 people confirmed with Covid-19, out of 23,635 samples taken. According to the newspaper Trade, the official pointed out that there are 333 deaths, 7,118 cases discarded and 501 people have been discharged from hospital. There is an additional number of 384 “Covid-19 probable deaths nationwide,” admits the official report.
Bribes to bury hundreds of corpses
In the province of Guayas, whose capital in Guayaquil – epicenter of the virus in the country -, the situation is particularly alarming, since official data speak of 5,381 deaths (more than 70% of national cases). There, the authorities managed to remove at least 700 bodies of people who died in recent weeks at their homes and where the hospital and funeral systems were overwhelmed by the pandemic. “The amount that we have collected, with the task force in homes, exceeded 700 people” deceasedsaid Jorge Wated, who leads a team of police and military in charge of moving the bodies.
Three weeks ago, the military and police force began removing bodies from houses after failures in the “mortuary system” of the Guayaquil port, which caused delays in the forensic service and funeral homes amid the 15-hour curfew that governs the country. Given the situation, the Guayaquil residents broadcast videos of abandoned bodies on the streets and messages of help from relatives to bury their dead on social networks.
The Ecuadorian government also assumed the task of burying bodies due to the inability of their relatives to do so for various reasons, including economic. Wated noted that the remains of 600 fully identified people were buried in two city cemeteries. At the same time, the Justice is investigating a morbid and cruel crime in Guayaquil, where the relatives are required between 30 and 100 dollars to show the corpses from loved ones victims of the disease.
The Ministry of Health currently has 27 hospitals for specific pandemic care, 2,100 medical centers and also 133 hospitals enabled to attend to the citizenship for other type of consultations. The structure, with notorious precariousness, is proving scarce. On February 29, the first case was confirmed, although only on March 13 the COE, the national body for the coordination of the emergency, was activated. And since two days before, the country has been in a State of Sanitary Emergency.
The situation in Ecuadorian prisons is also particularly alarming and imminent riots are not ruled out. To strengthen security in the prison system of that city and avoid possible revolts among the prisoners, the National Police mobilized 50 intelligence agents to Guayaquil, reported Trade.
Control of the streets is total, in a desperate attempt to contain the pandemic in Ecuador, the first Latin American country to report cases of coronavirus. By government decision, this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) no private vehicle could circulate in all cities, and only vehicles mobilized for medical emergencies, humanitarian corridors, logistics corridors and funeral services were allowed to transit.