Ecuadorean businessman Jorge Wated has run everything from the national development bank to the country’s version of Pottery Barn, but lately he’s used his management skills to count and bury bodies.

Though one of South America’s smallest countries, Ecuador has the continent’s second-highest number of Covid-19 deaths after Brazil. Nearly three-quarters of the victims lived in or around the steamy Pacific port of Guayaquil, whose mayor compared the devastation to “a Hiroshima bomb” hitting the city.



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