Dickerson: “Spare a moment for sorrow” Facing an overwhelming amount of corpses and shortage of coffins, residents in Ecuador’s coastal city of Guayaquil are using cardboard boxes to give their dead proper burials. Morgues, funeral parlors and hospitals in Guayaquil, the epicenter of Ecuador’s coronavirus crisis, are dealing with a challenging load of bodies. Limited by government restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, residents of the city complained last week about bodies piling up on the streets or rotting inside homes for days. Its mayor delivered three containers to act as a makeshift morgue. The city announced Saturday that it’s giving out 2,000 pressed cardboard boxes to people to give deceased loved ones a “dignified burial” during the coronavirus pandemic. Agradecemos a la Asociación de Cartoneros por su aporte con las primeras 200 de 2.000 cajas mortuorias de cartón prensado. Serán de gran ayuda para brindar una digna sepultura a las personas fallecidas durante esta emergencia sanitaria. pic.twitter.com/0N0fBtRyRJ— Alcaldía Guayaquil (@alcaldiagye) April 4, 2020 The Ecuadorian government also established a hotline for people to notify authorities so they can pick up remains. Jorge Wated, the government official appointed by Ecuadorian president Lenín Moreno to address the dead bodies during the coronavirus


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