Coronavirus in Ecuador: more than 700 corpses collected in dwellings of Guayaquil

Coronavirus en Équateur: plus de 700 cadavres recueillis dans des logements de Guayaquil

GUAYAQUIL | More than 700 dead bodies have been collected in dwellings of Guayaquil, the economic capital of Ecuador, where the hospital services and mortuary services are overwhelmed by the pandemic of Covid-19, announced on Sunday a responsible.

These hundreds of bodies have been removed from the homes by a special force composed of police and military personnel and created by the government in front of the chaos triggered by the pandemic in Guayaquil, a large port situated on the Pacific coast.

“The number [of bodies] that we have collected in the houses with the special force has exceeded 700,” said Jorge Wated, who heads the team, during a virtual press conference from Guayaquil.

Mr Wated has not specified the causes of these deaths occurred during a health emergency declared in Guayaquil, because of the pandemic. According to the latest national balance sheet, the Equator has approximately 7 500 cases of contamination, including 333 deaths, since the presence of the virus on its territory was announced on 29 February.

The province of Guayas, concentrates 72% of the cases, and Guayaquil, the capital, alone has about 4 000 patients of the Covid-19.

The special force of police and military began three weeks ago to remove the corpses of the homes after the collapse of the mortuary services of Guayaquil, which has led to enormous delays in funerals and interments, while a curfew of 15 hours per day is in force in the country.

Faced with this dire situation, the residents have circulated on social networks of videos of bodies abandoned in the streets and calls to the aid of families wanting to bury their dead.

The ecuadorian government has supported the burials in front of the impossibility of the relatives to carry it for various reasons, including financial.

During his press conference, Jorge Wated stated that the remains of 600 people identified had been buried in two cemeteries of the city.

According to the statements made there nearly two weeks by Mr. Wated, ” the medical experts believe, unfortunately, [ … ] deaths due to the Covid will reach in the coming months between 2 500 and 3 500 in the province of Guayas “.

The president of ecuador Lenin Moreno announced Sunday on his Twitter account that he had decided to halve his salary and those of other civil servants of the State before the economic crisis caused in Ecuador by the pandemic and by the fall in international oil prices.

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