Coronavirus accelerates, overflows hospitals and sows death in Ecuador

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.

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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.

National paralysis

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.



Governors agree to a fiscal pact – Noticieros Televisa

The governors of Nuevo León, Coahuila and Tamaulipas, They established agreements and approved actions to face and reduce Covid-19 infections in the three entities in the northeast of the country.

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One of the agreements will be to establish a fiscal pact with businessmen from the three entities in which the necessary supports will be established to prevent the productive sector from collapsing.

“We will call the entrepreneurs of the three states, to make an economic agreement, to be able to plan from this moment, the reactivation of the economy of these three states to create conditions to be able to have the protection of jobs and that people can have Obviously this condition, “said Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, Governor of Nuevo León.

During the Fourth Interstate Meeting, Carried out at the Museo del Obispado, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, the governors assumed the Tamaulipas proposal to create a Solidarity Fund to support Doctors, Nurses, and all the personnel who attend the pandemic on the front line.

“Here what happens is that the productive sectors, people are joining it, this is something that goes hand in hand with civil society, it does not have an amount, the main objective is that there is a fund to support all those who they will be in the front line facing the coronavirus ”, added Javier García Cabeza de Vaca, Governor of Tamaulipas

In addition, the Solidarity Fund, they clarified, will be managed by the same businessmen, citizens and representatives of the state governments so that its management is transparent.

“We will have to form or create the trust during the week and also create the council or committee that will be part of the supervision and management of resources (…) I will also see an option similar to that of Tamaulipas, where officials can donate a part, to start the creation of the trust and subsequently invite businessmen and society to participate, “said Miguel Riquelme, governor of Coahuila

They announced that next Monday they will hold a videoconference with the authorities of the state of Texas, to determine the actions to implement and prevent people from the United States from entering the northeast of the country and spreading the virus to the inhabitants of this area.

With information from Juan Andrés Martínez



Procession of the Cross on St. Peter’s Square

Still it is on the empty Petersplatz on Good Friday 2020. It is the quasi doubled silence that lies over the Eternal City, shut down by the curfew in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. You can only hear the screeching of the seagulls circling the square and St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta based in Rome.

After four weeks of “lockdown”, a strange community, a community, had formed in front of the barriers on St. Peter’s Square. First there are the police and the carabinieri, also the soldiers of the army, who ensure that the curfew is observed and are supposed to protect against attacks. Second, there are the many homeless people who live under the Bernini colonnades on the edge of Peterplatz and along Via della Conciliazione. There they are provided with hot and cold meals, delivered several times a day by Caritas and other aid organizations. And then, thirdly, it is the journalists who are left to the last gate. There the television people make their announcements: the empty St. Peter’s Square and the mighty St. Peter’s Basilica as a visual illustration of what the corona virus did from Italy and from the seat of the world church in this “Settimana Santa” (Holy Week).

The Good Friday ceremonies began with a mass with Pope Francis at 6 p.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica behind closed doors. Stretched out on the floor, the 83-year-old pontiff prayed before that 15th-century crucifix that has been particularly venerated in Rome since the plague epidemic of 1522. The Pope had the so-called plague cross brought from the Church of San Marcello al Corso to the Vatican for Holy Week and Easter. The service was broadcast on the Vatican News media site. The Vatican had the liturgy changed due to the corona pandemic. An eleventh was added to the ten great Good Friday prayers: Francis and the few bishops, priests and nuns gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica asked for comfort and strength for the sick and for the medical staff, as well as peace for the deceased. In the end, the Pope alone worshiped the cross by touch and kiss.

In his homily, the Capuchin monk and preacher of the papal house, Raniero Cantalamessa, said the coronavirus pandemic had freed many from the world of “omnipotence”. It also led people to show more solidarity.

The traditional procession of the cross began on St. Peter’s Square at 9 p.m. This has been taking place in the Colosseum since 1964, for thousands of believers and pilgrims it is perhaps the most impressive experience of the Easter celebrations in Rome. The path of the shortened procession on the empty round of St. Peter’s Square was marked with candles on the pavement. The texts for the special Way of the Cross in 2020 came from inmates and employees of the “Due Palazzi” detention center in Padua. The authors, who remained anonymous, used the 14 stations of Jesus to describe their personal experiences of guilt and suffering from condemnation to funeral. The personal testimonials came, among other things, from parents who find no peace after the murder of their daughter; a mother who is exposed to stigmatization because of her delinquent son; a criminal sentenced to life imprisonment who cannot accept his guilt; by a priest who only got his acquittal from false charges after ten years.

Five staff members each from the correctional facility and the Vatican Health Office – in uniform, in medical gowns, in civilian clothes and in priestly clothing – walked through the stages of the processional path. They carried the simple wooden cross and four torches alternately. They did not wear a face mask, but strictly kept the safety distance from each other. Pope Francis watched the procession, lasting around an hour and a half, under an illuminated canopy on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica. He did not appear tired and exhausted at the end of the procession when the black wooden cross was presented to him. This Saturday, the Easter celebrations for Christ’s resurrection begin in the Vatican. Pope Francis will celebrate all the celebrations – in the presence of only a few priests, nuns and curia staff in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, which may be filled with silence.


Virologist Streeck sees possible easing

VIrologist Hendrik Streeck believes that a beginning relaxation of the strict conditions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is possible. Because most people were “so active and disciplined”, it was now possible to enter “phase two”, Streeck said on Thursday. However, it is important that hygienic behavior continues to be adhered to. “We have learned how to behave correctly in terms of hygiene,” said Streeck.

The scientist from the University of Bonn, on behalf of the NRW state government, is investigating how the coronavirus has spread in the particularly affected district of Heinsberg. There is now a first interim report.

According to the study, an infection was found in 15 percent of the citizens examined in the Gangelt community, which is particularly affected by the coronavirus. These first, but scientifically representative interim results are a rather conservative calculation, said the virologist. According to this, 15 percent of the citizens in the community have now also developed immunity to the virus.

The probability of dying from the disease is 0.37 percent based on the total number of people infected. The corresponding rate currently calculated by the American Johns Hopkins University in Germany is 1.98 percent, five times higher, said Streeck.

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The district administrator of the district of Heinsberg Stephan Pusch (CDU) said the restrictive protective measures had an effect. The curve of the infection numbers flat out. “The Heinsberg district slid past a huge disaster.” Hygiene professor Martin Exner said that residents of old people’s homes and nursing homes must continue to be strictly protected. In certain areas of public life, observing hygiene measures and distance rules, the requirements can be “controlled reduced.” But a “restrictive policy” must continue to be maintained in old people’s homes and nursing homes.

“It cannot be ruled out that a longer period of abstinence from the most vulnerable sections of the population must be maintained,” said Exner in a joint press conference with Hendrik Streeck. Wearing a face mask is particularly important in old people’s homes. Investments in protective materials are therefore particularly necessary in this area. He also considered it possible to hold high school exams if distance and hygiene measures were observed.

Exner underlined the importance of hygiene measures in the fight against the corona virus. The virus could also survive in areas over a long period of time. In order to trigger a corona infection, the virus had to get into the mucous membranes – for example through the mouth or eyes. Washing the hands thoroughly with soap removes the viruses well and can “inactivate them”, said the director of the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health. It sounds banal, but it is important to train such hygiene measures. The virus is mainly transmitted by droplet infection – such as coughing. That is why wearing a face mask is essential in hospitals.

Gunther Hartmann, professor of clinical chemistry and pharmacology at the University of Bonn, also reported that, after initial cautious assessments, it can be assumed that the severity of the disease could be reduced through hygiene measures. “The number of pathogens affects the severity of the disease in the case of initial infections.” At the moment, it can be assumed that immunity after a coronavirus infection lasts for about six to 18 months.


USA want to boost stimulus package by $ 250 billion


US President Donald Trump has instructed Steven Mnuchin (right) to apply for the additional billions, the finance minister wrote on Twitter.

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Washington In the corona crisis, additional billions of dollars will flow to small US companies. A government aid program should be increased by an additional $ 250 billion, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday. The aim is that companies can employ their employees through the coronavirus pandemic.

The money is earmarked for a program that is part of the recently approved $ 2.2 trillion economic stimulus package. The Paycheck Protection Program offers loans to small businesses and already has $ 349 billion in funding.

President Donald Trump instructed him to request the additional billion, Mnuchin tweeted. He has therefore already spoken to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Democratic Chairman Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Top Democrat Chuck Schumer.

McConnell tweeted that he wanted to work with Mnuchin and Schumer in order to get the extra money in a vote in the Senate on Thursday. He had previously warned that the Paycheck Protection Program could soon be dry without the extra funds.

McConnell’s democratic antagonist, Schumer, has demanded more money for workers on the front lines of the healthcare and service sectors. They were supposed to get up to $ 25,000 in “heroes” payment because they were “heroes” – and called them nurses, truck drivers, and cashiers. Workers like her risked their lives to care for Americans during the pandemic.

As early as Monday, House Democratic chairwoman Nancy Pelosi had requested at least another trillion dollars to cushion the impact of the pandemic. President Donald Trump also hinted that more government support is needed. “We will take good care of our people,” said the Republican.

More: Aid program for US SMEs starts off bumpy.


Formula 1 race in Montreal postponed due to corona crisis

Dhe Formula 1 is increasingly slowed down by the corona pandemic and now has to postpone the Canada race planned as the ninth season round. The organizers of the World Cup run in Montreal, scheduled for June 14, announced on Tuesday that the Grand Prix will be postponed indefinitely. The guest performances in Australia, Bahrain, Vietnam, China, the Netherlands, Spain, Monaco and Azerbaijan had previously been canceled or rescheduled. Actually there were 22 Grand Prix in the racing calendar for this year, that would have been a record. It is now open whether the season can still begin.

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Shortly before the news from Canada, Formula 1 had ordered an even longer standstill in the racing factories. The compulsory vacation, during which no work on the development of the racing cars is permitted, is extended by another two weeks to 35 days. This unanimous decision of all teams and the leaders of the racing series was approved by the World Motorsport Council. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the summer break had already been brought forward and extended. The five-week factory vacation must be taken by the racing teams and engine manufacturers by the end of May.

Another extension is the subject of discussion, according to the Fia. Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff had told the newspaper “Austria” about the possible start of the season: “I hope in autumn.” The racing series could try to save their season with ghost races without spectators. World Cup races behind closed doors would now be “seriously checked”, the BBC reported after a video switch with team leaders, rights holders and world association leader Jean Todt. Formula 1 hopes that the situation in the corona pandemic in Europe will improve enough for ghost races in July or August. The starting point could be the track in Silverstone in the UK, near which seven of the ten racing teams are located.

Concern over possible team failures has also fueled a new discussion about further reducing the spending limit already decided. Instead of the planned $ 175 million annually, the budget limit is now set to be a maximum of $ 150 million next year. A further cut to $ 125 million (€ 115 million) was initially rejected by the industry giants Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, specialist media reported.

The main point of contention is the cost of research and development. The three top teams supply most of the other racing teams with components or engine units and first have to invest millions in development. This must be taken into account when setting a budget limit, it said. Further talks should bring a solution in the coming days.

After the McLaren, Williams and Racing Point stables, Formula 1 leadership has also taken austerity measures. According to media reports, managing director Chase Carey, sports director Ross Brawn and 15 other executives are waiving 20 percent of their salary for two months due to the corona crisis. In addition, half of the 500 employees of the Formula 1 operating company were sent on compulsory leave. This led to resentment among the employees.


Corona stops golf tournament: British Open also canceled

NFollowing the cancellation of the British Open due to the Corona crisis, the three remaining major tournaments reacted immediately and announced unanimously on Monday new dates for the remaining season highlights of golf professionals in the United States. The organizing Augusta National Golf Club announced that the traditional Masters in Augusta in the state of Georgia will now be held from November 12th to 15th. On March 13, the 84th edition of the Masters was initially postponed to an indefinite date.

Due to the corona virus pandemic, the British Open was initially canceled on Monday. The 149th edition of the golf classic will not be rescheduled this year, but should now take place in July 2021, the organizers said. The US Open in New York will now take place from September 17th to 20th instead of June. This was announced by the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck.

The PGA Championship in San Francisco – the fourth of the most important tournaments – will take place from August 6th to 9th instead of May. This date has been cleared by the cancellation of the Olympic Games in Tokyo – and after the cancellation of the British Open, there was finally planning certainty for the American organizers. In contrast to tennis, the new diary was obviously created as a concerted action and not as a solo effort. For example, the makers of the French Open did not coordinate with the two subsequent Grand Slam tournaments of this year – Wimbledon and the US Open – when moving from May to September.

The British Open, the $ 10.75 million golf major, was originally scheduled for July 16-19 at the Royal St. George’s Golf Club in southeast England. It is the first time since the Second World War that the Open Championship – as the official name is – does not take place.

Around 250,000 spectators make pilgrimages to the fairways and the 18 greens on the four days of the tournament. It is the only major that is not played out in the United States. The tournament was held in 1860 as the first Open Championship at the Prestwick Golf Club on the west coast of Scotland. Willie Park Senior won and received a belt as a trophy. From 1872 the winner received the Claret Jug. It is a silver wine carafe and, alongside the green jacket at the Masters in Augusta and the Ryder Cup, is the most famous trophy in golf.

No German has yet been able to win the traditional tournament. Golf idol Bernhard Langer was often close to victory. Twice the now 62-year-old from Anhausen came second (1981, 1984) and four times third (1985, 1986, 1993, 2001).


Ireland’s leaders are committed to healthcare

DIrish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is a volunteer health worker in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Varadkar will volunteer one day a week, a government spokesman said in Dublin on Sunday. According to information from the Irish Times, the 41-year-old will help patients with telephone advice. Varadkar has a degree in medicine and has worked as a doctor for several years.

Many of the Prime Minister’s relatives and friends are employed in the health sector. Varadkar therefore wanted to help there “in a small way” himself, said the government spokesman. To date, more than 60,000 people in Ireland have responded to a call to volunteer in healthcare. As of Sunday, 4994 coronavirus infections were recorded in the country, and 158 people died from the pathogen-induced lung disease Covid-19.


Corona crisis: Queen invokes British self-discipline

Queen Elizabeth II will address the British in a speech in the evening.
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In a speech planned for Sunday evening, Queen Elizabeth II will appeal to the British: “I hope that in the coming years everyone can be proud of how they have dealt with this challenge”.

KQueen Elizabeth II calls on the British to tackle the coronavirus pandemic with distinctive British self-discipline and quiet determination. “I hope that in the coming years everyone can be proud of how they dealt with this challenge,” the Queen will say in a speech to the British people and the Commonwealth on Sunday evening. This is evident from excerpts of speech published in advance by Buckingham Palace. The speech is a sign that the government is increasingly concerned about the rapidly growing number of deaths from Covid-19 lung disease.

The British Ministry of Health recorded the highest number of deaths in one day to date, with 708 deaths on Saturday. A total of 4,313 people have died of Covid-19 lung disease in British hospitals, including a five-year-old child. According to media reports, it is said to be the youngest victim of the corona pandemic in Great Britain.

The Queen’s speech is scheduled to air this Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Central European Time. In it, the Queen would also thank the employees of the national health service NHS and other people who are particularly challenged in the crisis, it said.


“We have probably never seen such numbers before”

AAmerica’s President Donald Trump repeatedly prepares his compatriots for what he sees as the toughest two weeks in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. “We are approaching a time that will be very terrible,” Trump said in a press briefing with reporters in the White House. “There will be many deaths,” said the President. “We have probably never seen numbers like this before. Maybe during the war, during the First or Second World War. “

The United States has the highest number of known cases of Covid-19 in the world. According to Reuters data, more than 306,000 people have now been tested positive. To date, over 8100 people have died from the virus. White House medical experts estimate that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could be killed in the pandemic nationwide, even if instructions to stay at home are followed.

Trump resisted criticism that his government hadn’t done enough to bring vital ventilators to the state. He said that some governors requested more equipment than they will need. “The fear of bottlenecks has led to excessive requests.”