BOGOTA, Colombia

In Guayaquil, ground zero for the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador, dead bodies have been piling up on the streets, in hospitals and inside houses.

According to official records, 70% of the country’s cases are located in the city of Guayaquil, where 2,243 of the 3,163 cases nationwide have been registered.

The mayor of Guayaquil, Cynthia Viteri, requested on Thursday that the Ecuadorian government allow the municipality she leads to remove the bodies of those who died from the COVID-19 disease or other circumstances, as a result of the “alarming situation” the coastal city is going through due

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