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What will happen to the corpses that are in the streets of Ecuador? 1:32
(CNN Spanish) - The City Hall of Guayaquil, in Ecuador, began this Sunday to distribute cardboard coffins due to the shortage of wooden ones.
The lack of coffins was exacerbated by the crisis of the corpses that have accumulated in the streets, morgues and funeral homes as a result of the health emergency by covid-19.
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Thanks to the contribution of the private company and the Association of Cartoneros, @alcaldiagye will deliver more than 1,000 corrugated cardboard coffins to provide a dignified burial to people who lost their lives due to covid-19, during this health emergency. pic.twitter.com/ZJrAhpmfxq
- Gloria Gallardo (@GloriaGallardoZ) April 4, 2020
According to the Guayaquil authorities, the first 200 of a total of 2,000 cardboard coffins manufactured thanks to the collaboration of the Cartoneros Association have already been received.
We thank the Association of Cartoneros for their contribution with the first 200 of 2,000 cardboard cardboard mortuary boxes. They will be of great help to provide a decent burial to people who died during this health emergency. pic.twitter.com/0N0fBtRyRJ
- Guayaquil City Hall (@alcaldiagye) April 4, 2020
In Ecuador, according to government figures, there are more than 3,600 confirmed cases and 180 people dead. The province of Guayas, where Guayaquil is, is the most affected.
The relative of a deceased by coronavirus cries next to his coffin in Guayaquil, Ecuador, this April 4. (Francisco Macias / Getty Images)