Guayaquil’s local media
In Guayaquil, Ecuador’s economic capital, the authorities were completely unprepared for the speed with which Covid-19 swept through the city, to the point that they were unable to collect the bodies of many of the victims. Despite their own lack of preparation, including a lack of personal protective equipment, the city’s journalists kept working and continued to report in locations with a high infection rate. And they paid a high price. By the end of April, 13 of them had died of the virus and another 25 had been diagnosed as infected, according to a tally by the press freedom group Fundamedios.