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Ecuador’s government is preparing an emergency burial ground on land donated by a private cemetery in Guayaquil, the country’s largest city, to address a shortage of burial plots as the novel coronavirus hits the Andean country hard.As of Tuesday, the country had 3,995 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 220 deaths, with 182 more deaths suspected of being linked to the virus. The outbreak has sparked a shortage of wooden coffins, prompting some people to bury their relatives in cardboard boxes donated by cemeteries.Large lines of cars carrying coffins waited outside private cemeteries across the city this week, as families waited for hours for a chance to bury their deceased relatives. The outbreak has overwhelmed hospitals and emergency services, with some families keeping dead bodies in their homes for days. President Lenin Moreno said last week that some 3,500 people could die from the coronavirus in Guayas province, home to 68% of the country’s cases and where Guayaquil is located.Among the dead so far have been seven nurses, according to the Guayas College of Nurses, which added that some 147 nurses had been infected and 120 had resigned for fear of contagion.”Each day, the number of staff is falling,” said Lilia Triana, the organization’s president. Topics : The government, which last week began storing the bodies of coronavirus victims in giant refrigerated containers until graves were prepared, is aiming to bury some 100 people a day at the cemetery in northern Guayaquil, which has the capacity for some 2,000 plots.Jorge Wated, who is coordinating the government’s response to the handling of the dead, said the government was conducting burials itself and would publish a guide on the internet to ensure relatives knew where their loved ones were buried.”At the cemetery, they will be buried person by person, without cost to the families,” Wated said.The city of Guayaquil also said it would prepare two public cemeteries with the capacity to handle some 12,000 plots.
LEON Spinks, the heavyweight boxer who famously shocked Muhammad Ali in 1978, is battling prostate cancer that has spread to his bladder.His wife has confirmed the news about the 66-year-old, who was first diagnosed in May.“It’s going to be a long road and a lot of work,” Brenda Spinks said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports. ‘But we are bound and determined for the Champ to make a comeback!’According to the U.S. publication, Spinks is now back at his family home in Nevada, after being discharged from hospital in Las Vegas in New Year’s Eve.Back in December, she revealed on Facebook that Spinks was struggling with his health.”Dear Friends,” she wrote. “I know it’s been a while. However, you know how I believe in the power of prayer. It’s been a tough year for us. Leon has endured a lot of medical problems. I’m reaching out to ask you to kindly pray for my beautiful husband Leon (so that) he may overcome the obstacles that have crossed his path.”A member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Spinks is best remembered for upsetting Muhammad Ali in 1978 to win the heavyweight title on a points-decision.Ali won their rematch later that year, marking his final victory in the ring. Speaking to The Guardian in 2005, Spinks rejected claims that too much partying following his initial victory contributed to his defeat in the rematch. He was even arrested between fights for possession of cocaine that was found in his hat.“That wasn’t me, somebody who was wearing that hat put it in there,” Spinks said. I don’t know if it was a friend or whomever. A lot of people tried my hat on.“I wasn’t out of shape for the fight. Yes, I put on some weight, but you can see that I was in shape. How can you be out of shape?“I went 30 rounds with the man … I think I won the second fight as well. But they wanted Ali (to win).“It’s politics. It ain’t what you know but who you know.” Throughout his career, Spinks won 26 fights out of 46 and also won Olympic gold in the 1976 Montreal Games. He lost 17 and drew three.Prior to becoming heavyweight champion, Spinks served in the U.S. Marines for three years.In 2006, it emerged that Spinks was working as a janitor in Nebraska for $5.15 (£3.93) an hour at a local convenience store and a McDonald’s.“I unload the delivery trucks when they come in and get 50 per cent off on Big Macs,” he told the Sunday Times.Spinks has struggled with poor health in recent years. He was previously hospitalised in 2014 after chicken bones caused significant damage to his intestines, according to TMZ. He subsequently endured numerous surgeries.His brother Michael was also a professional boxer who was beaten by Mike Tyson in the first round of their fight in 1988 and his son, Cory, was welterweight champion from 2003 until 2005.Another of his sons, Leon Calvin, was killed in 1990 in a drive-by shooting.