Ecuador: Indigenous community use tradition to keep COVID-19 out

Ecuador is being devastated by COVID-19.

It has the highest death toll per million people of any country in Latin America.

But the Cayambe Indigenous community has used ancient and new methods to fight back.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports.

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