Ecuadorian shrimp exports to China, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom plummeted in March as buyers suspended orders because of the coronavirus crisis.

The slump in shipments came as European countries went into lockdown and China continued struggling with the effects of its own restrictions.

Moves to shutdown restaurants, cafes and bars across the globe to stem the spread of the virus, which has so far claimed more than 187,000 lives, slashed demand for shrimp, fish and food products generally.