Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno announced an investigation into reported allegations of mismanagement of the bodies of deceased coronavirus patients, especially at the coastal town of Guayaquil, the epicenter of the South American nation. 

Accused of leaving the bodies on the streets to their own fate without proper burial rituals, the government and local officials have faced a barrage of criticisms from relatives of patients who passed away due to COVID-19. 

“I arranged @JorgeWated file a complaint on @FiscaliaEcuador to investigate the mismanagement of the deceased in hospital morgues. We will not allow anyone to be buried without their identification.

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