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  • Device for monitoring the pandemic in the Amazonian Indigenous communities of Ecuador, August 13, 2020.

    Device for monitoring the pandemic in the Amazonian Indigenous communities of Ecuador, August 13, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @confeniae1

Published 13 August 2020
Opinion

President Moreno's administration has not provided clear information on the pandemic's evolution within Indigenous communities.

The number of COVID-19 cases among the Indigenous peoples living in the Ecuadorean Amazon rose to 2,113 on Wednesday, while there have been 33 confirmed deaths and 53 probable deaths from coronavirus so far.

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These figures were compiled by an interactive COVID-19 monitoring platform developed by a partnership among the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Ecuadorean Amazon (Confeniae), the NGO Amazon Watch, the Aldea Foundation, and the San Francisco de Quito University (USFQ).

This virtual tool daily monitors the cases reported in the Kichwa, Shuar, Waorani, Siekopai, Siona, Sapara, Shiwiar, Andwa, and Achuar communities.

The Indigenous community that is most affected by the pandemic is the Kichwa, which registers 379 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths, according to the platform.

On May 15, the first contagion was detected in the Indigenous territories. Since then, 5,157 COVID-19 tests have been carried out, through which 2,214 cases were ruled out and 378 coronavirus patients have been recovered.

The Confeniae has repeatedly criticized President Lenin Moreno's administration because it has not provided clear, timely, and differentiated information about the pandemic's evolution within Indigenous communities.

According to the Health Ministry, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 95,563 on Thursday in Ecuador, an Andean country that has registered 5,951 deaths so far. Over the last 24 hours, 862 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed.

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