Ecuador exceeds more than 221 thousand Covid-19 cases

A man walks with a woman while pushing an oxygen tank outside the Hospital del Sur of the Ecuadorian Institute of Social Security, in Quito. Photo Xinhua

Ecuador exceeds more than 221 thousand Covid-19 cases

10 January 2021

Quito – Ecuador registered 721 infections by Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which added 221,070 cases, but did not report more deaths in one day, so the figure remained at 9,593 confirmed deaths since the beginning of the pandemic on February 29, 2020, the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) reported this Sunday.

The number of patients recovered by the disease increased to 193 thousand 581, 87.85 percent of the registered cases, explained the agency.

The 24 provinces register an increase in community transmission of the virus in the South American country, where the most affected are Carchi (North), Galápagos (Insular), El Oro (South), Morona Santiago (South) and Pichincha (Central).

The province of Pichincha, current epicenter of the pandemic in the country, reached 77,763 infections this Sunday, after registering 98 cases in the last 24 hours, while the city of Quito continues with a sustained increase in infections, accumulating 84 in one day and add 71,725 ​​so far.

“The analysis of the indicators shows that we are still in community transmission and crowds and incivilities (indiscipline) contribute to the increase in detected cases,” explained the entity.

He added that one of the main sources of transmission of the virus are meetings with more than 10 people in spaces without ventilation and for more than two hours.

The Health Ministry stressed that during the current electoral campaign for the general elections on February 7, it is essential to comply with biosecurity measures and keep interaction between people safe.

Ecuador has registered a sustained increase in infections since last June as a result of relaxing social confinement to reactivate the economy, after three months of quarantine.

The country has closed its borders since March last year, as well as the suspension of face-to-face classes and the priority of teleworking.

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