First coronavirus case detected in Ecuador Amazon tribe

Quito (AFP) – The first case of the novel coronavirus has been detected in one among Ecuador’s indigenous Amazon tribes, the well being ministry mentioned Sunday.

Waorani organizations — talking by way of the GO Alliance for Human Rights in Ecuador (DDHH) — warned COVID-19’s unfold may very well be “catastrophic and highly lethal” for his or her group, which is susceptible to ailments.

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 mentioned in an announcement.

She was taken to a hospital in the capital Quito and positioned in isolation, the assertion mentioned, with out giving additional particulars.

The federal authorities — in coordination with indigenous leaders — checked on 40 folks that the lady had come into contact throughout the Miwaguno group, 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 well being ministry mentioned, with out releasing the take a look at outcomes.

Ecuador, one of many hardest-hit international locations in Latin America, is now in its second month of lockdown to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus.

It has reported some 33,000 circumstances and greater than 2,700 deaths.