Ecuador Is a Grisly Sign of How COVID-19 Will Devastate the Global South

Ecuador Is a Grisly Sign of How COVID-19 Will Devastate the Global South
Homeless people wait in a park for help from the authorities during the coronavirus crisis in Quito, Ecuador, March 24, 2020 (Photo by Juan Diego Montenegro for dpa via AP Images).

There is no shortage of wrenching details about the coronavirus pandemic so far. But few have been as shocking as the images coming out of Ecuador, where COVID-19 has already exacted a horrifying toll on impoverished residents and overwhelmed authorities. Scores of bodies lie on sidewalks and city streets, as the relatives of the dead plead for help. Ecuador’s Guayas province has emerged as ground zero for the coronavirus in South America, with more cases reported there than in many Latin American countries as a whole. Its capital, the Pacific port city of Guayaquil, is the country’s most populous metropolitan […]

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