Residents of the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador are setting tires on fire in the streets to protest the fact that the bodies of people who died of the coronavirus are not being collected. People are sometimes left for days with corpses in their houses.
At first I wondered how the situation could have gotten so bad, considering that the death rate of the Wuhan Coronavirus is not much worse than that of the seasonal flu. Then I noticed the details: funeral homes are refusing to pick up the cadavers because they are afraid of being infected.
In other words, the situation is part of the general coronavirus hysteria.
Video transcript #1:
|00:01||Good evening —Yes, good evening. The same or similar images we see in Guayaquil,|
|00:06||where the people are in the streets in spite of the emergency they are living in.|
|00:09||They continue to register images of cadavers of coronavirus victims|
|00:13||piled up in refrigerated trucks,|
|00:16||bodies however not identified; there are more dead|
|00:20||bodies in hospitals and without refrigeration.|
|00:26||This here smells of heavy loss of life.|
|00:30||Pure death. Unclaimed bodies. Lost bodies.|
|00:37||Without a Christian burial.|
|00:40||Without being taken care of. Like this.|
|00:46||This is outrageous, gentlemen.|
|00:51||Outrageous. —The desperation has caused some of the residents of Guayaquil|
|00:57||to try to call the attention of the authorities in this manner.|
|01:01||They want the bodies to be picked up that have been in homes for days. They are burning tires|
|01:05||like this to get the attention of the authorities, who reiterate|
|01:09||that the protective measures against Covid-19,|
|01:13||especially speaking of the massive isolation and the suspension of the workday,|
|01:17||have become complicated. The complicated issue, the issue of collecting|
|01:22||the cadavers. The reality is that in Guayaquil reports from families continue|
|01:27||in this same direction. Today the images are repeated.|
|01:31||For days, people have been living with the cadavers of their loved ones.|
|01:35||They demand proper attention and a proper burial.|
|01:39||It has to be remembered that the funeral companies don’t want to carry the remains for fear|
|01:42||of possible contagion. This is the scenario, the reality in this city in Ecuador.
Video transcript #2:
|00:02||You already know watching this video. They are near my neighborhood,|
|00:06||burning in the streets because there is a dead person who is…|
|00:10||It’s already been three days and they (medical authorities )|
|00:14||still haven’t come to pick him up.|
|00:17||[Unintelligible] in Guasmo South (neighborhood) in Guayas y Quil Cooperative 2.|
|00:23||Right now, it is… Friday, April 3.|
|00:31||It is 1:51 in the afternoon.|
|00:35||The people can’t stand it anymore, and have called the authorities to come|
|00:39||take away the body, although they haven’t done so.