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VIDEO: Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil has highest COVID death rate in world

Grieving relatives of another victims of COVID-19 in Guayaquil

PortandTerminal.com, April 18, 2020

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR – BBC reports that there have been 6,000 COVID-19 deaths in 2 weeks in Ecuador’s largest city of Guayaquil — at least 2x higher than the death rate in NYC by population. This would mean that Ecuador’s main port city of Guayaquil now has the highest COVID-19 death rate in the world.

When we first reported on this story two weeks ago the situation at Ecuador’s main port city of Guayaquil was desperate. There were reports and photographic evidence that bodies were being left to rot in the streets as the city’s morgues overflowed with victims.

Two people in blue hazmat suits looking at the covered body of a dead person on a mattress.
Authorities visit a home to remove the body of COVID-19 victim.

READ: Vultures circling. Bodies left to rot in streets in Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil.

BBC’s report on Friday shows that that the situation has gone from bad to much, much worse.

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.

The residents of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, have complained they have no way to dispose of relatives’ remains due to strict quarantine and curfew measures designed to prevent the spread of the disease.

Cardboard coffins stacked against a tin wall. Two people standing at the foot of the coffins. One woman wearing mask.
Cardboard coffins have been distributed amid a huge number of deaths (Photo: Getty Images)

The government has been forced to distribute cardboard coffins to people desperate for some way of safekeeping their deceased loved ones remains.

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