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Supplies are arriving but more are needed; Cuenca will ‘respect’ the dead; Moreno sends fiscal stimulus bill to Assembly; Updated stats

Ecuador Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos says new equipment and medicine is arriving but says more are needed. “We are beginning to see a steady flow of personal protection gear, intensive care equipment and pharmaceuticals necessary to fight Covid-19,” he said. “Our challenge is getting it to the facilities that need it and, of course, […]

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Thousands of travelers stranded in foreign countries find getting home is almost impossible

By Ellen Birkens The United Nations estimates that as many as 200,000 travelers are stranded in countries around the world with many facing insurmountable obstacles to getting home. “The onset of travel restrictions aimed at the coronavirus was so sudden that many travelers were unable to make return plans before airports and borders closed,” according […]

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The strange custom of eating animals

By Ray Horsley When I was very young I learned of another world, somewhat like mine, only the people there ate animals. The idea struck me as strange since nobody in my world ate animals. So I said to myself: “I’d like to learn of this world, its customs, and the benefits of eating animals”. […]

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Private vehicle use reduced again; Foreign minister blasts ‘fake’ Guayaquil news; Number of new Covid-19 cases drop

Interior Minister María Paula Romo announced Friday that the use of private vehicles will be reduced to once a week beginning Monday. It is the third reduction in two weeks. “We have made the decision to tighten driving restrictions in the interest of public health,” Romo said in an interview on the Ecuavisa television network. […]

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Twenty percent of Covid-19 patients will require hospitalization; More car restrictions possible; Body removal in Guayaquil; Cuenca fines

Minister of Health Juan Carlos Zevallos warned Thursday that he expects 20 percent of those who contract the Covid-19 virus will require hospitalization and six percent will require intensive care. “This estimate is based on what we have seen so far in Ecuador as well as the international profile,” he said. The good news, Zevallos […]

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U.S. expats will receive stimulus checks without a tax return, as U.S. Treasury reverses course

Facing stiff criticism, the U.S. Treasury Department changed course late Wednesday and announced that Social Security beneficiaries and other Americans who haven’t filed income taxes for the past two years won’t have to take any extra steps to receive one-time checks of up to $1,200 under a new economic recovery program. “Social Security recipients who are not typically […]

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A ‘genius’ food — nuts!

Some foods are “genius foods” in terms of nutrition, and one of the smartest foods around is nuts. All nuts! Nuts are a ‘combination food’ — they’re a good source of the three major nutrients — protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fats — plus they contain micronutrients — minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, all in one nugget. […]

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New coronavirus cases set new daily record as health minister says epidemic is expanding

Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos delivered a sobering assessment of the rapidly spreading coronavirus epidemic in Ecuador on Wednesday afternoon. “I regret to say that, despite all our efforts, the virus curve continues to rise exponentially,” he said, noting that the total number of confirmed cases is well below the actual total. “There is significant […]

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‘Stay off the streets,’ police warn, Shopping by cedula number, Gringa arrested after facelift, Internet use up 50%, Help for the homeless

Miércoles, 1/4/2020 Hola, Todos – Actividades – Nada Otras cosas – Titular – Fortalecen medidas sanitarias en Cuenca (Sanitary measures in Cuenca strengthened) – See Tuesday’s article in CHL. Salen a las calles pese a restricción (Taking to the streets despite restriction) – Yesterday morning vehicles with license plates ending in all numbers, pedestrians, and […]

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City asks expats for help to feed Cuenca’s poor

Cuenca’s municipal government is appealing to local expats to support its Municipal Food Bank project to feed the area’s poor. To date, the project has delivered thousands of food kits as well as medicine and other critically needed supplies to poor families and individuals. The project is coordinated by the municipality’s Office of International Relations […]

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