Vicepreşedintele ecuadorian Otto Sonnenholzner a prezentat scuze sâmbătă pentru situaţia din oraşul Guayaquil, epicentrul epidemiei de coronavirus din ţară şi unde înregistrări video au arătat cadavre pe străzi, informează AFP.

″În această săptămână am suferit o deteriorare accentuată a imaginii noastre internaţionale, am văzut imagini care nu ar fi trebuit să existe niciodată” şi “vă prezint scuze pentru asta”, a spus vicepreşedintele într-o declaraţie radio-televizată.

La mijlocul acestei săptămâni, soldaţi şi poliţişti au venit să ridice 150 de cadavre aflate în case din Guayaquil, cel mai populat oraş din Ecuador, situat pe coasta Pacificului şi cel mai afectat de boală. Cadavrele au fost puse în containere frigorifice uriaşe, relatează Reuters.

Aceste forţe au intervenit din cauza haosului din oraş cauzat de coronavirus, care a încetinit preluarea corpurilor persoanelor care au murit acasă din cauza acestei boli sau din alte cauze, în condiţiile în care morgile şi spitalele sunt deja pline, iar carantina strictă a împiedicat rudele să le înmormânteze.

Sâmbătă, guvernul Ecuadorului a spus că va activa un nou sistem digital care va permite familiilor să afle unde
au fost îngropate rudele lor decedate.

Ecuadorul a confirmat 318 decese cauzate de virus, unul dintre cele mai ridicate bilanţuri din America Latină, a scris Reuters sâmbătă.

În schimb AFP a scris că Ecuadorul înregistra duminică 3.465 de cazuri de COVID-19, dintre care 172 au murit. Provincia Guayas, a cărei capitală este Guayaquil, a înregistrat cel mai mare număr de cazuri din ţară, cu 2.402 persoane infectate, dintre care 122 au murit, motiv pentru care guvernul a decis să trimită acolo armata.

Pe reţelele de socializare au fost difuzate clipuri cu persoane cu măşti care se prăbuşeau pe străzi sau cadavre abandonate.

Sonnenholzner, care conduce Comitetul pentru Operaţii de Urgenţă (EOC) activat pentru a face faţă situaţiilor de urgenţă sanitară, a transmis condoleanţe “tuturor familiilor care au pierdut o persoană dragă în această săptămână”.

În Ecuador s-a introdus o restricţie de ieşire din locuinţe de 15 ore pe zi. Confruntat cu pandemia, guvernul preşedintelui Lenin Moreno a declarat stare de urgenţă, urgenţă sanitară, suspendarea lucrului la locul obişnuit de activitate, suspendarea cursurilor şcolare, restricţia traficului şi închiderea frontierelor.

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Relatives of the diseased wait outside the Guasmo Sur Hospital to recover their remains on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities  said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Relatives of the diseased wait outside the Guasmo Sur Hospital to recover their remains on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Relatives of victims of Coronavirus transport their caskets on the luggage carriers of their cars from the Hospital General del Guasmo Sur on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities  said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Relatives of victims of Coronavirus transport their caskets on the luggage carriers of their cars from the Hospital General del Guasmo Sur on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Relatives of a victim of coronavirus stand next to a casket before being transported at the Hospital General del Guasmo Sur on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities  said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Relatives of a victim of coronavirus stand next to a casket before being transported at the Hospital General del Guasmo Sur on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: The remains of María Zamora, who passed away of a heart attack, lies on a public bench at one of the main streets in the south of Guayaquil with a sign asking for help on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities  said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: The remains of María Zamora, who passed away of a heart attack, lies on a public bench at one of the main streets in the south of Guayaquil with a sign asking for help on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Neighbours of Guasmo Sur clean with brooms the sidewalk and the street near their houses with detergent as a preventive measure on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities  said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR - APRIL 04: Neighbours of Guasmo Sur clean with brooms the sidewalk and the street near their houses with detergent as a preventive measure on April 4, 2020 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ecuador's National Service of Risk and Emergency Management Department, as of Friday, reports 3,163 confirmed cases and at least 145 deaths, 102 of them in Guayaquil. However, municipal authorities said they have recovered hundreds of bodies in recent days. While majority of deaths are believed to be COVID-19 related, it has not confirmed due to limited virus testing available. (Photo by Francisco Macias/Getty Images)

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