First case of coronavirus detected in the Ecuadorian Amazon tribe

QUITO: The first case of the novel was detected in one of Ecuador's Amazonian indigenous tribes, the health ministry said Sunday.

- speaking in Ecuador (Human Rights) - warned that the spread of COVID-19 could be catastrophic and highly lethal for its community, which is vulnerable to disease.

The first case reported in the Waorani tribe is a 17-year-old pregnant woman who began showing symptoms on May 4, the ministry said in a statement.

She was taken to a hospital in the capital Quito and placed in isolation, according to the statement, without giving further details.

The federal government, in coordination with indigenous leaders, verified 40 people that the woman had come into contact with the Miwaguno community, which has 140 inhabitants.

Seventeen citizens with a history of respiratory systems were found. To date, six of them have symptoms, making 20 rapid tests and a total of seven nasopharyngeal swabs performed, the health ministry said, without publishing the test results.

Ecuador, one of the most affected countries in Latin America, is now in its second month of slowdown in the spread of the coronavirus.

It has reported some 33,000 cases and more than 2,700 deaths.