Ecuador: Families to sue state as relatives suspected of having COVID-19 disappear

Grieving families protested on Wednesday outside the prosecutor's office in Guayaquil to demand justice over the missing bodies from their relatives who passed away after allegedly contracting COVID-19. As the deceased had not yet been identified, the families started have started legal proceedings against the state. One of the family members of missing relative, Katya Anastacio, explained they... Еще are suing the state authorities and «all those who are involved,» like hospitals, «because it is not known what they did with the body.» She said the family were told that her missing relative was being taken to Guasmo hospital, but «in the morning the body was not there.» Defence lawyer Hector Vanegas said that up until now, «there has been no response from the presidency of the republic, nor from the provincial COE [Emergency Operations Committee].» As of Thursday, Ecuador has reported 34,854 coronavirus cases and 2,888 fatalities, as Johns Hopkins University compiled data shows.

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