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First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

first_imgThe first case of the novel coronavirus has been detected in one of Ecuador’s indigenous Amazon tribes, the health ministry said Sunday.Waorani organizations — speaking through the GO Alliance for Human Rights in Ecuador (DDHH) — warned COVID-19’s spread could be “catastrophic and highly lethal” for their community, which is vulnerable to diseases.The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a “pregnant woman, 17 years old, who began to show symptoms on May 4,” the ministry said in a statement. Topics : It has reported some 33,000 cases and more than 2,700 deaths.center_img She was taken to a hospital in the capital Quito and placed in isolation, the statement said, without giving further details.The federal government — in coordination with indigenous leaders — checked on 40 people that the woman had come into contact within the Miwaguno community, which has 140 inhabitants.”Seventeen citizens with a history of respiratory systems were found. To date, six of them have symptoms, so 20 rapid tests and a total of seven nasopharyngeal swabs were performed,” the health ministry said, without releasing the test results.Ecuador, one of the hardest-hit countries in Latin America, is now in its second month of lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.last_img

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