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Coronavirus: 150 bodies recovered from streets in Ecuador

 International Desk

 Published: 02:16 PM, 3 April 2020  

Photo: Collected

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Troops and police have recovered the bodies of 150 coronavirus patients from streets and homes in the port city of Guayaquil in Ecuador.

The country's government warned that as many as 3,500 people could die of the coronavirus in the city and surrounding province in the coming months.

Earlier, residents in Guayaquil, Ecuador's second-largest city, had published videos on social media of abandoned bodies in the streets. Some left desperate messages for authorities to take away the corpses of people who had died in their homes.

Mortuary workers had been unable to keep up with the removal of dead people because of a curfew imposed under the pandemic. 

"We acknowledge any errors and apologize to those who had to wait days for their loved ones to be taken away," government spokesman Jorge Wated said.

Authorities have not confirmed how many of the dead were victims of the coronavirus. Ecuador is the Latin American country worst hit by the virus after Brazil, with more than 3,160 infections and 120 deaths.