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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...

FILE - In this April 27, 2005 file photo, Ecuador's former President Abdala Bucaram leaves the Foreign Ministery in Panama City, where he sought political asylum after fleeing his country amid massive protests that forced the ouster of President Lucio Gutierrez. Bucaram was detained at his home in Guayaquil, Ecuador on June 3, 2020, during a search warrant ordered by the Prosecutor's Office investigating alleged embezzlement through a contract for hospital medical supplies. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)

Ex-Ecuador president detained in COVID-19 corruption raid

Jun. 3, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — A former Ecuadorian president has been detained after authorities raided his home Wednesday and found a gun and medical supplies including masks as part of a wider investigation into corruption during the pandemic. Prosecutors and police charged into the home of ex-President...

Pedestrians and commuters wearing face masks amid the new coronavirus pandemic crowd a sidewalk near a bus stop in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, June 1, 2020. After two and a half months of COVID-19 related quarantine, some industries are allowed to reactivate under a scheme of five days' work and 10 days rest. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

South America ignores Europe and reopens as virus peak nears

Jun. 1, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — South American countries on Monday began easing COVID-19 restrictions even as the region hurtles toward its viral peak, disregarding the example set by European nations that were battered earlier by the virus. Some of Brazil’s hardest hit cities, including the jungle metropolis...

Cemetery musician Victor Dzib Cima, 70, plays his accordion as he waits for clients while cemetery workers remove coffins from gravesites that belonged to families who stopped paying rent at the San Nicolas Tolentino Pantheon, where he has worked for tips for 22 years, in the Iztapalapa area of Mexico City, Friday, May 22, 2020. The cemetery is making space for more burials amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is custom for cemeteries in Mexico to rent, instead of sell, grave sites. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Record virus infections, deaths are ravaging Latin America

May. 22, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world's most unequal region even as the pandemic's march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. Latin America's two largest nations —...

People infected with COVID-19 disease wait for an available bed, outside a public hospital in Lima, Peru, Thursday, April 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

'This is war': Virus charges beyond Latin American hot spots

May. 19, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities large and small in an alarming sign that the pandemic may be only at the start of its destructive march through the region. More than 90% of intensive care beds were full last...

In this May 2, 2020 photo, a sea lion sits outside a hotel that is closed because of the new coronavirus pandemic, in San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. The majority of the island hotels are usually occupied throughout the year, but all reservations have been canceled through July. (AP Photo/Adrian Vasquez)

Pandemic upends life on isolated, idyllic Galapagos Islands

May. 11, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

SAN CRISTOBAL, Ecuador (AP) — Before the coronavirus, sudden life-threatening ailments among tourists, fishermen and others on the Galapagos Islands were considered so rare that hospitals didn’t have a single intensive care unit bed. Now, officials are racing to equip medical teams on the remote...