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via english.elpais04/09/2021

The ‘triple pandemic’ devastating Ecuador’s Amazon communities after an oil spill - EL PAÍS in English

The fuel that flowed into the Napo and Coca rivers in the northeastern rainforest of Ecuador more than a year ago caused a humanitarian and ecological disaster. The affected indigenous communities are demanding answers from the authorities and companies that have been reluctant to act

via thepointsguy03/18/2021

Travelers with proof of vaccination can now visit Ecuador — including the Galapagos - The Points Guy

Travelers visiting Ecuador who show proof of vaccination can enter the country, according to one of the largest daily newspapers in Ecuador, El Universo. Sign up for TPG’s daily newsletter In October 2020, Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee announced that travelers arriving by air to Quito or Guayaquil must carry a negative PCR test. Travelers …

via atlanticcouncil.org03/12/2021

COVID-19 vaccine tracker: Latin America and the Caribbean - Atlantic Council

Our interactive maps track the percentage of the population of each Latin American and Caribbean country covered by current vaccine agreements; the total number of doses secured by each country and breakdown by supplier/vaccine; where each vaccine is being used across the region; and how many vaccines flow from each major producing country to regional destinations.

via voanews02/24/2021

Ecuador President Declares State of Emergency Following Deadly Prison Riots - Voice of America

Officials in Ecuador say order has been restored at prisons in three cities, where authorities said at least 75 inmates died in riots between rival gangs.  President Lenín Moreno declared the national prison system in a state of emergency and ordered stepped-up security measures.     Officials say authorities, with the assistance of an additional 800 police officers, gained control of the fighting within the detention centers at Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga.  The president also ordered the Ministry of Defense to exercise strict gun, ammunition and explosives control in the surrounding areas of

via gzeromedia12/15/2020

Hard Numbers: Duterte in trouble, China's "dark fleet", billions without help, COVID in America - GZERO Media

7,987: A prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague has found sufficient evidence to investigate Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for crimes against humanity related to his brutal "war on drugs." The country's police reported 7,987 deaths in its drug enforcement operations as of...

via urdupoint12/09/2020

Ecuador Denies Chinese Newspaper's Accusations of Involvement in Spread of COVID-19 - UrduPoint News

Ecuador denies the accusations made by Chinese news agency Global Times claiming that Ecuador and other countries could be involved in COVID-19 spread in China through imported frozen products, the Ecuadorian foreign ministry said, adding that there is now an official Chinese position in this regard

via paho.org12/02/2020

Countries urged to face challenge of better access to health for populations of African descent in COVID-19 pandemic - PAHO/WHO - Pan American Health Organization

Washington, D.C., December 2, 2020 (PAHO)—The COVID-19 pandemic “disproportionally affects the most vulnerable – especially our populations of African descent” and PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne today urged health authorities to “face this pressing challenge.” In a press briefing, Etienne said, “We’re taking this issue as a priority and mainstreaming it into our programs,” focusing on better data for targeted prevention and care, greater participation in health programs that address communities of African descent, and improved access to health services.

via plenglish04/04/2021

9:16 Ecuador to receive one million Sinovac vaccines to fight Covid-19 - Prensa Latina

Quito, Apr 4 (Prensa Latina) Ecuador confirmed it will be getting the first batch on Wednesday 7 from a total of one million of the China made Sinovac vaccine (split into two batches) to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. This country's total confirmed cases reached 333,175, the Presidency´s General Secretariat of Communication reported

via laprensalatina03/18/2021

Quito hoping for tourism recovery with Covid vaccination passports - La Prensa Latina

Quito, Mar 18 (efe-epa).- The Quito City Hall is hoping for a progressive recovery of the tourist sector starting in 2021 as anti-Covid vaccination programs gain steam around the world, and Ecuadorian authorities have authorized the entry of people who have been inoculated without requiring a PCR test. “We estimate growth this year of 31-32 …

via workers.org02/23/2021

Ecuador elections – The calm before the storm - Workers World

Ibarra, Ecuador     Feb. 19 — Almost 10 million voters, a record 81% of those eligible, went to the polls Feb. 7, despite the pandemic, to choose among 16 candidates in Ecuador’s presidential elections. The two top vote-getters will compete in the April 11 runoff elections. No candidate received enough…

via worldpoliticsreview02/02/2021

Is Ecuador About to Return to Correa’s Fiery Brand of Populism? - World Politics Review

Things were already rough in Ecuador before the coronavirus struck. Now, the country is in a state of deep uncertainty heading into the first-round presidential vote on Feb. 7. Whoever wins will have a daunting task ahead of him to right Ecuador’s listing economy and heavily indebted public finances.

via menafn12/11/2020

Ecuador's Covid-19 cases top 200000 mark - MENAFN.COM

p>Quito, Dec 11 (IANS) Ecuador has reported 1,151 fresh Covid-19 infections, pushing the tally to 200,379.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, the South American country also registered 25 more fatalities from the disease, raising the toll to 9,320, since the country's first case was reported on February 29, Xinhua reported.

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via menafn12/08/2020

Ecuador to revive tourism after coronavirus vaccination campaign - MENAFN.COM

Mayor Jorge Yunda stated on Monday, December 7, Ecuador's capital Quito, the city hardest affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the South American country, plans to completely reactivate tourism once its population is vaccinated against the virus in early 2021.

Tourism is one of the city's most important income producers, Yunda stated in an intervi

via reuters12/01/2020

TIMELINE-China's battle with coronavirus on frozen food and packaging - Reuters

China has ramped up testing of frozen foods after saying it discovered the coronavirus on imported products and their packaging. Below is a timeline of the coronavirus found on imported frozen food or packaging in various parts of the country from different origins. Nov.30...

via inspiredtraveler.ca03/17/2021

COVID: VIP vaccination in Ecuador causes a new scandal - Inspired Traveler

A new scandal around the vaccination of COVID-19 shakes Ecuador. Over the weekend, a video on social networks went viral showing hundreds of people waiting to receive a dose of the vaccine at the Rotary Club in the city of Samborondón, before the official start of the vaccination campaign . According to a report from […]

via finance.yahoo03/06/2021

Chile donates 20,000 doses of Sinovac coronavirus vaccine to Ecuador - Yahoo Finance

Ecuador has received a donation of some 20,000 doses of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine from Chile, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Saturday, in a sign of the stark disparities in South American countries' inoculation campaigns. Chile, one of Latin America's wealthiest countries, ranks sixth in the world for per-capita vaccine shots administered, according to Reuters data, with a quarter of the population now having received a dose.

via voanews02/23/2021

Ecuador: At Least 50 Dead in Prison Riots - Voice of America

As least 50 prisoners have died in three Ecuadorian prisons as a result of riots, local police said Tuesday. The melees erupted in the cities of Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga. It is unknown whether police have reestablished control of the facilities. Among Ecuador’s roughly 38,000 inmates, confrontations among criminal groups often result in riots.

via news.mongabay12/15/2020

'She goes and helps': Noemí Gualinga, Ecuador's mother of the jungle -

There was a time when Noemí Gualinga, a leader of the Indigenous Kichwa Sarayaku people of the Ecuadoran Amazon, used to sit out on the stoop of her old house and wait for strangers to show up and ask for help. They would always come. Mothers without work or victims of violence would come to […]

via agri-pulse12/09/2020

Daybreak Dec 9: Climate change tops Scott's House Ag agenda - Agri-Pulse

The next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee tells Agri-Pulse that climate policy will be a top priority for the panel in the next Congress. Georgia Democrat David Scott said he wants to bring in scientists and engineers to testify before the committee on ways to help farmers “navigate the future and solutions to climate change.”  Keep in mind: On that score, Scott’s priorities will be in line with the incoming Biden administration, for which climate policy is certain to be a major focus during 2021. Scott acknowledged the . . .

via theasset12/03/2020

Ecuador draws from AIIB Covid-19 recovery fund - The Asset

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is providing a US$50 million loan to Ecuador’s Corporación Financiera Nacional to address the liquidity constraints facing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country as a result of the economic crisis induced by Covid-19.