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Cuenca maintains ‘yellow light’ status as new Covid cases drop; Airlines delay restart of service; Universities urged to ‘share the sacrifice’

The Cuenca Emergency Operations Committee voted Friday to keep the city on “yellow light” health safety protocols for the week beginning June 1. The committee said it was pleased with the first week of relaxed restrictions, saying that hospital capacity remains sufficient and that the number of new infections is dropping. According to the Ministry […]

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How can you feed the hungry during the Covid-19 crisis? The Cuenca Soup Kitchen, the Muncipal Food Bank and others seek your donations

As the Covid-19 crisis continue to ravage the world, the impact is the greatest on the poor population — the the refugees, the homeless and the sick. Now, more than ever, they need your help. There are a number of formal and informal efforts underway in Cuenca to feed the hungry during the coronavirus quarantine. […]

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Flower and artisan markets to reopen Monday

Cuenca’s iconic flower market and the artisan markets at Rotary Plaza, San Francisco Plaza and Calle Santa Ana are scheduled to reopen on Monday. Under rules established by the local Emergency Operations Committee, the markets will be allowed to work at 50 percent capacity, rotating vendors on alternate days. In addition, the COE will reopen […]

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The Languedoc – From Cathars to Cassoulet

By Giovanni Cambizaca The last time I was in France, I stayed in a small village in the Haute Garonne, midway between Toulouse and the Pyrenees. One morning, I had an early start to take some friends to catch a train in Narbonne, and on the way back I decided to visit the Cathar castle […]

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What will air travel look like?; 90% of Covid victims have recovered; Guayaquil returning to normal; Expat found dead; Foreigners fly home

What will air travel look like when it resumes next week? “It will be radically different than it did before the coronavirus,” says Marco Subía, president of the Ecuador Airline Association. “At the beginning, service will be very limited and people who need to fly, either within the country or internationally, may find it hard […]

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Should you freeze an avocado? What about pineapple?

Ecuador is tops for avocados. As I wrote in December, avocados are one of the most healthful foods on earth, and here in Ecuador, we’re in ‘avocado heaven’! They’re quite inexpensive, fresh, and so abundant that you may want to buy a bunch and freeze some for later. Another favorite fruit is pineapple. I just […]

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Covid-19 testing accuracy: Many critical questions remain to be answered

By Lauren Dunn For Sarah Bowen, it all started with a sore throat. Not the kind of searing pain she’d feel with strep, she said, but a throat irritation that just didn’t feel right. “By the end of the day, it just got a little worse and I didn’t feel great. I felt like I might be […]

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Government reduces restrictions nationwide; Dispute keeps Cuenca buses off the street; Restaurants reopen; Air traffic resumes Monday

Claiming that the risks of the Covid-19 virus are declining, the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) relaxed many of the health emergency restrictions that have been in place since mid-March. “We have endured 77 days of isolation and extreme restrictions on our lives and because of the progress we have made we feel comfortable accelerating […]

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