The global Covid-19 pandemic has changed the life we lived until the beginning of 2020. In Nicaragua three evils came together: A dictatorship, a poor health system and poverty. Photojournalist Óscar Navarrete, has been portraying the new daily life in Nicaragua since it began, where masks, disease, life and death got a little closer to the new coronavirus.
This is a photographic exhibition that will end according to Navarrete, when the pandemic passes, or when a vaccine arrives in Nicaragua or until the new coronavirus comes to the background. At the moment, every day there are more photographs of which he hopes to take out a larger work that will serve as a testimony and for future memory, of the passage of this plague through Nicaragua.
Last week the Spanish newspaper, El Mundo, pointed to the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, as part of a group of leaders who have worse managed the health crisis in their respective countries. The Spanish newspaper pointed out the activities that the dictatorship carried out before registering the first positive case and that are still ongoing today. This week, according to the Covid-19 Citizen Observatory, suspected cases across the country could reach 7,000. LA PRENSA / O. NAVARRETE
Many called it “eucalyptus fever”, it started with a couple of street vendors in some busy streets of Managua and gradually grew until it ended in arrests by the Police. Among the home remedies to treat Covid-19, the infusion of eucalyptus was one of the most popular methods. Although some doctors indicate that it does not cure the disease. LA PRENSA / O. NAVARRETE
It is not a scene from a movie about a nuclear accident. He is a private cemetery worker after performing a burial of a person suspected of dying from Covid-19. They are bathed in very strong chemicals for industrial use. LA PRENSA / O. NAVARRETE
Funeral homes saw dozens and dozens of requests for a couple of coffins a week overnight. The phenomenon was most notable in Managua, where small trucks paced the streets carrying various boxes. These businesses had to hire more people and work overtime to complete orders. LA PRENSA / O. NAVARRETE
Social networks became one of the main channels for information, especially on the part of youth at the start of this pandemic. A young woman reads on her cell phone at the bus terminal of the El Mayoreo market. With the first cases of the disease in Nicaragua, the use of masks in public areas gradually became common. LA PRENSA / O. NAVARRETE
Joineries began offering inexpensive compacted, unlined, and windowless caskets. “The dead boxes only spend a couple of hours here, we make them and after a while they take them away,” said one of the carpenters. LA PRENSA / O. NAVARRETE
From making two boxes a day, they went on to make a dozen in one day. LA PRENSA / NAVARRETE
Sellers noted that people only bought their products from those who wore masks, but at the start of the pandemic, few were concerned about using this protection, which is practically one more day-to-day garment. LA PRENSA / O.Navarrete
Sweating under the unforgiving Managua sun, a woman sells artificial flowers. The photograph was taken on May 20, close to Mother’s Day, which this year, unlike others, was held behind closed doors. LA PRENSA / O. NAVARRETE