Ecuador so far has confirmed 28 cases of coronavirus, including two deaths, and authorities have banned all public activities.
The main Indigenous organization of Ecuador CONAIE issued a statement Thursday urging the right-wing government of Lenin Moreno to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba so the population could have access to Cuban medicines and expertise to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
"In such a global crisis, the humanity requires that all governments cease ideological stances and cooperate for the well-being of their peoples," reads the communique.
They especially emphasized the need to access Interferon alpha 2B known to be effective in China and Spain, "not as a cure," "but in support with other medicines."
Instamos al gobierno ecuatoriano @Lenin a restablecer relaciones diplomáticas con Cuba para ayuda en medicamentos para tratamiento #Covid_19.— CONAIE (@CONAIE_Ecuador) March 19, 2020
En esta crisis global la humanidad requiere que los gobiernos cesen posturas ideológicas y cooperen por el bienestar de sus habitantes. pic.twitter.com/mB9z943KCk
Ecuador’s government on Saturday announced the closure of its borders from Sunday to all foreign travelers due to the spread of the coronavirus, after local authorities confirmed a second death from the infection.