Guayaquil: The City That Beat COVID-19

COVID-19 came in like a sudden, indescribable cataclysm, overwhelming, drowning humanity and life everywhere, and holding Guayaquil in its wicked hand as some ephemeral toy. Marshalled by its mayor and civic leaders, the city wrestled the virus for the lives of its citizens and is winning the fight.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Slow rattling gasps mark the beginning of the end. The dry COVID cough. Then silence. Eyes wide open. Then they reemerge like a drowning victim for one last breath. Relatives scream in desperation, and their cries wail through the thick air of the city. Just days before, a corpse on any street would have been appalling, headline news, a reason for alarm. Now, the acrid smell of death enveloped Guayaquil like a collective madness that was everywhere, bodies piled up inside hospitals, on the streets, some lying where they died. Vultures circled overhead. That is when . . .

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