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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:16 AM

Tropical City Ravaged by Coronavirus Taken Over by Ecuador Army

Stephan Kueffner and Daniel Cancel, Bloomberg News

(Bloomberg) -- Soldiers have taken over street corners in poor neighborhoods. The mayor is answering to an emergency committee run by the army. Hundreds of curfew violators have been detained.

Nowhere has the coronavirus hit harder in Latin America than in Ecuador and nowhere more so than in the steamy coastal business center of Guayaquil, where there is a military-run lockdown. The city and its surroundings account for 70% of the more than 1,200 confirmed cases. The mayor and four other heads of suburbs have all tested positive. Twenty-nine Ecuadorians have died.

Ecuador is a country of 17.5 million people who depend on oil, shrimp, cut flowers and banana exports to keep their dollarized economy humming and this couldn’t have come at a worse time.

Hospitals are facing stress even with testing showing a lag of two weeks to get definitive results. So desperate was the Guayaquil mayor, Cynthia Viteri, to protect the population, that she ordered police pickup trucks to the airport to prevent empty European flights from landing to ferry out nationals who were stuck in the quarantine.

More:
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tropical-city-ravaged-by-coronavirus-taken-over-by-ecuador-army-1.1412678

Also posted in LBN:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142456653







Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Alex4Martinez Apr 23 #3

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:18 AM

1. But it's going to go away when it gets warmer.

So much for that theory. nt

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Response to Phoenix61 (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 09:22 AM

2. Beat me to it

That was my first thought when I saw it was Ecuador.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Apr 23, 2020, 11:19 PM

3. It's in a terrible, terrible, way right now. Possibly the saddest hardest stricken place anywhere.

Videos on Twitter and Youtube tell the story, just search for "Guayaquil".

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