The number of deaths from a pandemic in Ecuador can be 15 times higher than official statistics, according to a New York Times analysis, placing the country among the countries with the highest number of deaths.
As of April 15, the Ecuadorian government said 503 people had died from Covid-19.
But an analysis of the New York Times, based on the number of deaths registered in the last three years, shows that during the period of 1 / 3-15 / 4, the death toll in Ecuador was higher than in other years. about 7,600 people, in a country of only 17 million people.
In the first half of April, the country’s death rate tripled to normal.
The sudden increase in the number of deaths far exceeds the increase in mortality rates in countries devastated by corona virus such as Spain.
Earlier, it was clear that Ecuador had a major casualty from the pandemic, with bodies left on the sidewalk and stacked in morgues. The government also acknowledges that with a shortage of tests and medical supplies, their own numbers are too low.
“A lot of people are dying at the door of our clinic and we have no way to help them,” Marcelo Castillo, head of the intensive care unit (ICU) at a private hospital, told the New York Times. “Mothers and husbands cry and plead for beds, they say ‘you are a doctor, you must help us’.”
These figures show that the pandemic has far exceeded not only the treatment capacity of the hospital system, but also the statistical capacity of the government, especially in developing countries, the New York Times commented.
Mortality data is generally only an approximation to the impact of the virus. Many unknowns contribute to the death toll, including those who die for untreated illnesses, when the hospital is overwhelmed by Covid-19.
Ecuador has been nationwide blockade since mid-March, and the death rate has dropped sharply in recent days, according to the New York Times.