Hospitals in Ecuador’s capital overwhelmed by Covid-19 infections, doctors say

In some Quito hospitals, entire families wait in emergency areas in hopes of being given an open bed.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ecuador’s health system is under severe strain from a spike in coronavirus infections, doctors in the country’s capital said on Tuesday, March 30, adding that some Quito hospitals are working above capacity to treat Covid-19 patients.

Ecuador’s suffered a brutal outbreak of coronavirus in early 2020, primarily in the largest city of Guayaquil. Authorities controlled the situation after several months, but in recent weeks have seen cases jump in cities around the country.

“The saturation of the health system is not only in Quito but at the national level,” Dr. Victor Alvarez . . .

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