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

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.”

Women stand near the dead body of a man who had collapsed in Guayaquil on March 30
PHOTO: Women stand near the dead body of a man who had collapsed in Guayaquil on March 30 Photo: REUTERS
PHOTO: A body lying uncovered in the street.
PHOTO: A body lying uncovered in the street.

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.

Port of Guayaquil in Ecuador
FILE PHOTO: The Port of Guayaquil is Ecuador’s main port.

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.

A funeral home worker in a protective suit waits with a coffin on a pick-up truck outside Los Ceibos Hospital in Guayaquil on April 1
Credit: REUTERS
A funeral home worker in a protective suit waits with a coffin on a pick-up truck outside Los Ceibos Hospital in Guayaquil on April 1Credit: REUTERS

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