A collaboration between several Portuguese companies and scientific and academic centers has brought the development of a facemask that inactivates the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and that has been endorsed by the João Lobo Antunes Molecular Medicine Institute...
The Cuenca Dispatch is a subscription only website. If you enjoy this article, consider subscribing to gain access to weekly reports on Ecuador's economics, politics, crime and more.This week, for the first time since March 17th—the day we went under quarantine for...
The improvement in Ecuador’s COVID-19 numbers belie the fear of a collapse of the healthcare system
Tracking the spread and outcome of the coronavirus in Ecuador: UPDATED FOR MONDAY, July 27, 2020 This week we have to talk about “on-the-ground” situations before we get into the numbers. Because frankly, the numbers are looking pretty good this week while the actual situation in several cities is quite disheartening. Let us start with […]
SRI going after taxpayers who obtained fraudulent disability cards to secure tax exemptions
Ecuador’s Internal Revenue Service (SRI) forwarded a list of 99,000 cases of taxpayers with disability cards—who took advantage of benefits related to exemptions from paying taxes— to the Ministry of Public Health in order to confirm their disability status. This action by the SRI was reported to the Health Commission of the Assembly, during the […]
Operation ‘Exodus III’ dismantles coyote network
Four alleged members of an organization dedicated to migrant smuggling were captured during the ‘Exodus III’ operation. The police operation was carried out yesterday morning by agents from the “Unit Against the Crime of Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling,” in coordination with the Azuay Prosecutor’s Office. Ángel Zapata, commander of Police Zone 6, reported that the investigative work began in January of this year and […]
Mosquito transmission, 5G networks and liquor consumption? The myths and truths of COVID-19
In December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on the outbreak in China of a new novel coronavirus. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, laboratories and pharmaceutical companies worldwide have been working to develop the COVID-19 vaccine. As of Sunday, July 26, 2020, COVID-19 has caused more than […]
Intense cold affects Cuenca and the Cajas
Last week Cuenca was a cold place to be. And while temperatures rose a little over the weekend, the recommendation is to take due precaution, because we are not out of the cold weather yet. Although low temperatures are typical in Cuenca in July and August, a change of season is coming and this past […]
Ecuador defends maritime rights as Chinese fishing fleet nears Galapagos
Ecuador President Lenin Moreno made it clear on Saturday, July 25, 2020, that it would “enforce the defense of maritime sovereignty and the work of the Armed Forces in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around the Galapagos Marine Reserve (RMG).” This was in response to a fleet of some 260 ships—most under a Chinese flag—including […]
Cuenca applies new restrictions as health system collapses
The Cuenca Dispatch is a subscription only website. If you enjoy this article, consider subscribing to gain access to weekly reports on Ecuador's economics, politics, crime and more.Cuenca has moved into a new set of restrictions that have been approved by the...
Coronaviruses in Latin America: GDP projections for 2020 fall sharply
Latin America had been growing at a slow pace since long before the pandemic descended on the region towards the end of March. And the arrival of the coronavirus caused a setback of ten years. In other words, we will have the same level of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita as in 2010, as calculated […]