19 MARCH 2020: GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR

Protestors and the local government of Guayaquil blocked repatriation flights from landing and taking off at Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport because of fears of spreading the coronavirus throughout the city. An Iberia Airlines repatriation flight was blocked from landing by trucks parking on the runway. It was subsequently diverted to Quito. Guayaquil’s Mayor, Cynthia Viteri, who had been diagnosed with Covid-19, supported the action; however, the Ministry of Transport condemned it.