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FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, a family waits outside their home to receive food handouts from the local government, in the Cristo del Consuelo neighborhood of Guayaquil, Ecuador. In March and April, Guayaquil was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. But Guayaquil has stabilized since then, sending medical teams and equipment elsewhere in Ecuador and taking in virus patients from outside the city. (AP Photo/Angel de Jesus, File)

Once in crisis, Ecuador city now helps others battle virus

Aug. 6, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. That was in March and April, when the country's economic hub on the Pacific coast suffered as much as anywhere in the world from the new coronavirus and...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 handout file photo provided by Galapagos National Park, a park ranger takes part in the inspection of a Chinese flagship where 300 tons of marine species, several of them in danger of extinction, were found, in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, as the ship and its crew are detained. In July 2020, a congregation of about 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galápagos archipelago is stirring diplomatic tension and raising concerns about the threat to sharks, manta rays, and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site.  (Galapagos National Park via AP, File)

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert

Jul. 30, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site. ...

People wait in line to get COVID-19 tests, outside a health clinic in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. The Ecuadorian capital has experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases since the government started to reopen the economy last month. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

After Ecuador eased its lockdown, the virus surged in Quito

Jul. 29, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Struggling to breathe, Luis Gualotuña arrived before dawn Wednesday at a coronavirus testing site in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, which has experienced an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases since the government started to reopen the economy last month. Hours later,...

A doctor informs a woman about the condition of her relative who was admitted with COVID-19 to the Seguridad Social hospital in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, July 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Hundreds wait hours for coronavirus care in Ecuador capital

Jul. 28, 2020 8:25 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Hundreds of people with breathing problems waited for hours in long lines in Ecuador's capital Tuesday seeking medical attention and tests to determine if they were infected with the new coronavirus. Hospitals and funeral homes have been overwhelmed for weeks in Quito, where city...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, Ecuador's newly named Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner thanks the National Assembly, in Quito, Ecuador. Sonnenholzner resigned as vice president on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, saying he would return to the private sector. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa, File)

Ecuador VP resigns, setting off talk of a presidential bid

Jul. 7, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean vice president Otto Sonnenholzner resigned Tuesday, setting off speculation that he could be preparing a presidential bid for the South American nation's elections in February. Sonnenholzner has become one of Ecuador's most visible politicians since leading a task force...

A child, wearing a protective face mask as a mandatory measure to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, rides piggyback through a crowded downtown area in Quito, Ecuador, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The city is returning to a new normality after relaxing a rigorous quarantine but amid a certain fear that COVID-19 infections may rise. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Lab in Ecuador's capital forced to halt coronavirus testing

Jun. 12, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A major laboratory in Ecuador’s capital closed and halted processing coronavirus tests Friday because technicians didn’t have basic supplies like tubes, pipettes, masks and gloves needed to safely analyze the specimens. The Biotechnology Institute at Quito’s...