BBC: Covid: Ecuador makes vaccination mandatory for most citizens. “Ecuador has announced that the Covid-19 vaccine will be mandatory for most citizens, saying the measure is needed because of a rise in infections and the spread of variants such as Omicron. The health ministry said there were enough doses to ‘immunise the entire population’. Those with a medical justification will be exempt.”
Yale News: Yale, Field Museum map species diversity in South American national parks. “Park rangers, naturalists, tourists, educators, and land managers can now take a virtual tour of species diversity across three South American countries thanks to a new information dashboard created by researchers at Yale University and the Field Museum in Chicago. The Biodiversity Dashboard lists almost 5,500 species found in and around national parks in three of the world’s most biodiverse countries: Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.”
BBC: Coronavirus: Ecuador sees massive surge in deaths in April. “Ecuador’s official coronavirus death toll is 403, but new figures from one province suggest thousands have died. The government said 6,700 people died in Guayas province in the first two weeks of April, far more than the usual 1,000 deaths there in the same period.”
New York Times: Ecuador Struggles to Bury Coronavirus Dead; Some Bodies Lost. “Alfonso Cedeño died at a crowded hospital in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, where the only bed doctors could offer was an ambulance stretcher. Two weeks later, his family doesn’t know where his body is. ‘My uncle is nowhere to be found,’ Alfonso Mariscal said Tuesday. Relatives who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus in this sweltering metropolis of 2.6 million say burying their family members is as agonizing as trying to get them care here in one of Latin America’s most infected cities.”
ZDNet: Arrest made in Ecuador’s massive data breach. “Ecuadorian authorities have arrested the executive of a data analytics firm after his company left the personal records of most of Ecuador’s population exposed online on an internet server.” WHAT? An executive being held responsible for letting personal information leak online? Good heavens.
SC Magazine: Exposed server leaks PII on all 16.6 million Ecuador citizens. “If another leaky Elasticsearch server may seem a little anticlimactic, considering how frequently they occur, the latest find by security researchers might have more of a ‘wow’ factor since it exposed information on nearly all of Ecuador’s 16.6 million citizens, 6.7 million of them children.”