04/20/2020 A man with a coffin in Ecuador.
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The Ecuadorian Ministry of Health has reported on Tuesday that the country is approaching 70,000 cases of coronavirus, while authorities in the capital, Quito, have asked state authorities for more restrictive measures to contain the pandemic.

Specifically, Ecuador has confirmed 1,111 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, which have raised the country’s overall count to 69,570 positives. In addition, 5,130 fatal victims have been verified as a result of COVID-19 in the Latin American country.

Thus, the Metropolitan Council of Quito has approved a resolution that aims to urge the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) of Ecuador to apply more restrictive measures in the capital, which is experiencing a rebound in its numbers of the disease From the beginning of June some of the imposed restrictions will be relaxed.

« It is important that, having clear the economic reactivation, certain exceptional measures be imposed for the defense of life and health, » said the deputy mayor of Quito, Santiago Guarderas, who is the one who has proposed the resolution, as reported by the local newspaper. ‘Trade’.

The document consists of six articles that propose, among other measures, the extension of the curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., instead of the current one, which governs from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Furthermore, they request specific regulations for the consumption of alcohol in Quito and the application of restrictions for the use of public space in parks or sports facilities.

On the other hand, the resolution requests the mayor of the city, Jorge Yunda, to take the necessary measures to intensify the processes of control, awareness and citizen education to prevent the spread of infections in Quito.

The Minister of Health of Ecuador, Juan Carlos Zevallos, admitted on Monday that in the capital « there is no » intensive care unit available in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

When Quito advanced in the de-escalation, on June 3, it counted 3,842 infected, which have increased to the 9,670 it had on Sunday. Data from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health show that the capital has added 1,538 cases of COVID-19 in one week, from Sunday, July 5 to 12.