The Government of Ecuador is considering the possibility of granting over 2,000 pardons to cut down on the country's jail population after this week's riot in a Guayaquil detention facility which resulted in 118 deaths.
Upon confirmation of the presence of the Delta and Delta Plus variants of the Sars-Cov-2, Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso, Wednesday decreed a state of exception focused exclusively on the areas where those detections have taken place.
US carrier Eastern Airlines, which started the nonstop Miami-Montevideo route just last week, has announced that as of July it will be lifting flights to Guayaquil until further notice.
Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest coastal city has been ravaged by coronavirus with bodies buried in mass graves or kept in newly-filled shipping containers to help relatives identify their loved ones among the decomposing corpses.
Ecuador on Monday exceeded 30,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, while the government launched a plan to start gradually relaxing quarantine measures that have been in place since mid-March. Ecuador has confirmed 31,881 cases of COVID-19, with 1,569 reported deaths and a further 1,336 deaths likely as a result of the virus.
Ecuador's economic capital Guayaquil is reeling from the most aggressive outbreak of COVID-19 in Latin America after the pandemic hit the city “like a bomb,” its mayor said. Cynthia Viteri has emerged from her own bout with the virus to battle the worst crisis the port city of nearly 3 million people has known in modern times.
The authorities in Ecuador have collected at least 150 bodies of people who died due to the coronavirus from the streets and homes of Guayaquil, the main port city in the country. The latest data reveals that there have been at least 3,100 have tested positive for COVID-19.