PortandTerminal.com, April 2, 2020
Disturbing new video of vultures circling overhead in the port city of Guayaquil as scores of covid19 victims’ bodies are left to rot in the streets.
GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR – Coronavirus is overwhelming Ecuador as bodies are left to rot in the street while the morgues are totally full of corpses.
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.
One man, Luiggi Ponce, a 22-year-old who lives in a working-class area of the city, believes his uncle, who died four days ago, was infected. The body is still in his home, where five children and seven adults live.
Ponce said in an interview with Reuters that “He had pneumonia, he had a fever, he could not breathe, he had all the symptoms,” Ponce said via telephone. “The body is wrapped up in plastic. The whole house smells bad.”
Officially, Ecuador has 2,758 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 98 deaths, but the real numbers are unknown due to a lack of testing.
It is believed the number is vastly higher as chilling pictures reveal bodies left in the streets, and coffins dumped outside waiting to be collected.
Local authorities told us they’re getting up to 200 calls a day to pick up bodies. They can’t keep up and dead loved ones are being left in houses, cars, the streets.John Holman, Correspondent, Al Jeezera English
An estimated 70% of the country’s coronavirus cases, which is among the highest tallies in Latin America, are in the southern province of Guayas, where Guayaquil is located. The city is also home to Ecuador’s largest port handling 90% of the country’s imports and 50% of its exports.
Last week, authorities said they had removed 100 corpses from homes in Guayaquil.
Government officials claim 400 bodies have been recovered over the last few days in the port city of Guayaquil. Local media have broadcast images of long lines outside cemeteries in Guayaquil of people seeking burial for deceased relatives.
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