29th April 2020

In_pictures Coronavirus nightmare in Ecuador’s main city Guayaquil – pictures

In_pictures Coronavirus nightmare in Ecuador’s main city Guayaquil – pictures

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in_pictures Man in protective kit to identify a relative in a morgue, Guayaquil, 15 Apr 20Image copyright
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A man in Guayaquil wears protective kit so that he can enter a morgue and identify a relative who died of Covid-19

Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil is one of the worst-hit places in Latin America in the coronavirus pandemic.

Its health service is overwhelmed and hundreds of bodies have been left unburied, sometimes lying in the street.

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 Wated, said in the first two weeks of April almost 6,000 more deaths had been registered than the average for this time of year.

in_pictures Furniture-maker and his wife working on a coffin in Guayaquil, 16 Apr 20Image copyright
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A furniture-maker and his wife are now making desperately needed coffins

in_pictures Woman with baby begging in Guayaquil, 16 Apr 20Image copyright
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A woman with her baby begs for help as the country suffers economic pain from the health crisis

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A man sports a Jesus face mask, hoping his faith will keep the virus at bay

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in_pictures Pharmacy queue, 15 Apr 20Image copyright
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As in many other countries now, long queues form outside Guayaquil’s pharmacies

in_pictures Los Ceibos field hospital, Guayaquil, 13 Apr 20Image copyright
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Los Ceibos hospital has been expanded with this Covid-19 field hospital

in_pictures Cardboard coffin at a Guayaquil morgue, 10 Apr 20Image copyright
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The surge in deaths has forced people to make coffins out of cardboard

Ecuador’s coronavirus nightmare in pictures

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in_pictures A man works making tombs for victims of Covid-19 at Angel Maria Canales cemetery in Guayaquil, Ecuador, 15 April 2020Image copyright
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New tomb spaces are being created in the Angel Maria Canales cemetery in Guayaquil

in_pictures Street vendor, Guayaquil, 16 Apr 20Image copyright
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A street vendor sells vitamin C supplements and face masks

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