Coronavirus

In Ecuador, Covid-19 is leaving a literal trail of bodies

Guayaquil Ecuador
Guayaquil has resorted to cardboard coffins due to a surge in demand. Photo: Alcadia via Fotos Publicas

One cannot say that authorities in Ecuador are downplaying the Covid-19 outbreak. On national television, viewers are fed constant warnings in block orange letters at the bottom of the screen reading “stay at home!” All government communications have sent similar messages — alongside deliberately gruesome pieces of news to shock citizens into social distancing. And in the country’s largest city Guayaquil, the mayor filled an airport runway with cars, motorcycles, and trucks in order to stop a plane from Spain landing, fearing contamination.

Still, however, Ecuador has witnessed war-like scenes as Covid-19 spreads around the country.

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