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Galapagos reopens tourist sites after virus lockdown

Quito - The Galapagos Islands on Monday reopened its tourist sites and marine reserve, which had been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ecuadorian Environment Minister Paulo Proano said.

Ecuador extends virus 'state of exception' for 2 months

Quito - Ecuador, one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus in Latin America, has extended its "state of exception" for two months as it struggles to contain the deadly illness.Ecuador, a country of 17.

Giant tortoise Diego, a hero to his species, is home

Quito - Diego the giant Galapagos tortoise whose tireless efforts are credited with almost single-handedly saving his once-threatened species, was put out to pasture Monday on his native island after decades of breeding in captivity, Ecuador's environment mini...

'Adapt and survive' as Galapagos girds for life without tourism

Quito - As much of Ecuador went into lockdown against the coronavirus, scientists shipped out of the Galapagos, leaving important research activity frozen and the Pacific archipelago's tourism in deep crisis.

Misinformation and coronavirus hand-in-hand in Ecuador outbreak

Quito - By the time the coronavirus pandemic spiraled out of control in Ecuador, misinformation was already spreading on the internet with reports of corpses being thrown into the sea, bodies washing up on beaches and miracle cures aplenty.

Protests in Ecuador against job, wage cuts, over virus

Quito - Demonstrators defied coronavirus restrictions to march in cities across Ecuador on Monday in protest against President Lenin Moreno's drastic economic measures to tackle the crisis.

Ecuador to close embassies, state firms over virus crisis

Quito - Ecuador said Tuesday it is closing several embassies and state enterprises to save money amid an economic crisis provoked by the coronavirus pandemic."We will close ...

First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

Quito - The first case of the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of Ecuador's indigenous Amazon tribes, the health ministry said Sunday.

Torment in Ecuador: virus dead piled up in bathrooms

Guayaquil - Front line medics in one of Latin America's coronavirus epicenters are lifting the lid on the daily horrors they face in an Ecuadoran city whose health system has collapsed.

Ecuador to 'color-code' regions ahead of lockdown's easing

Quito - Ecuador will gradually ease restrictions after seven weeks of coronavirus lockdown, the president said, with cities colour-coded according to their risk level.

Fear of giving birth in Ecuador's virus epicenter

Guayaquil - Maoli Plaza is eight months pregnant, but she does not know how her baby is or where it will be born.

Searching for dead brings extra agony in Ecuador's largest city

Guayaquil - Darwin Castillo's father died in Guayaquil during the coronavirus pandemic that has caused the Ecuadoran city's health system to collapse.

Virus hit 'like a bomb' as toll rises in Ecuador's business capital

Guayaquil - Ecuador's economic capital Guayaquil is reeling from the most aggressive outbreak of COVID-19 in Latin America after the pandemic hit the city "like a bomb," its mayor said.

Guayaquil barrio where hunger is more feared than COVID-19

Guayaquil - When the curfew falls, a cat and mouse game begins between police and residents in a rundown barrio in Guayaquil, the city at the heart of Ecuador's coronavirus crisis.Contagion is seen as the lesser of two evils.

Failures in Ecuador a warning for Latin America's COVID-19 fight

Guayaquil - With hundreds of bodies left decaying in homes for days due to lack of space in the city's overwhelmed morgues and hospitals, the coronavirus has struck a blow to Ecuador's economic capital Quayaquil, now a symbol of the chaos the pandemic can unleash ...

Police collect nearly 800 bodies from Ecuador's virus epicenter

Guayaquil - Ecuador said police have removed almost 800 bodies in recent weeks from homes in Guayaquil, the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak, after the disease overwhelmed emergency services, hospitals and funeral parlours.

Waiting for news of the dead at the heart of Ecuador's virus outbreak

Guayaquil - A fetid smell seeps out when an official dressed in full virus protection gear steps out of the door to the Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Ecuador bishop blesses virus-stricken city from helicopter

Guayaquil - Bishop Giovanni Battista took to the skies in a helicopter on Thursday to bless Guayaquil, the city in Ecuador worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ecuador ex-president sentenced to eight years for corruption

Quito - Former Ecuadoran president Rafael Correa was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison for corruption during his 10-year term in office, the attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Ecuador ex-president sentenced to eight years for corruption

Quito - Former Ecuador president Rafael Correa was sentenced in absentia to eight years in prison for corruption during his 10-year term in office, the attorney general's office said Tuesday.
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