World News

Coronavirus nightmare in Ecuador’s main city Guayaquil

Coronavirus nightmare in Ecuador’s main city Guayaquil

A man in Guayaquil wears protective kit so that he can enter a morgue and identify a relative who died of Covid-19
A man in Guayaquil wears protective kit so that he can enter a morgue and identify a relative who died of Covid-19

Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil, is one of the worst-hit places in Latin America in the coronavirus pandemic.

Its health service is overwhelmed and hundreds of bodies have been left unburied, sometimes lying in the street.

Officially Covid-19 has killed 421 people in Ecuador and infected 8,450, but the real figures are believed to be much higher. A relatively low rate of testing means many cases have probably gone unreported.

The official charged with collecting bodies in Guayaquil, Jorge Wadad, said in the first two weeks of April almost 6,000 more deaths had been registered than the average for this time of year.

A furniture-maker and his wife are now making desperately needed coffins
A furniture-maker and his wife are now making desperately needed coffins
A woman with her baby begs for help as the country suffers economic pain from the health crisis
A woman with her baby begs for help as the country suffers economic pain from the health crisis
A man sports a Jesus face mask, hoping his faith will keep the virus at bay
A man sports a Jesus face mask, hoping his faith will keep the virus at bay

More on the pandemic:

As in many other countries now, long queues form outside Guayaquil's pharmacies
As in many other countries now, long queues form outside Guayaquil’s pharmacies
Los Ceibos hospital has been expanded with this Covid-19 field hospital
Los Ceibos hospital has been expanded with this Covid-19 field hospital
Banner image reading 'more about coronavirus
Banner image reading ‘more about coronavirus’
Banner
Banner
New tomb spaces are being created in the Angel Maria Canales cemetery in Guayaquil
New tomb spaces are being created in the Angel Maria Canales cemetery in Guayaquil
A street vendor sells vitamin C supplements and face masks
A street vendor sells vitamin C supplements and face masks

All images are subject to copyright.

Comment here