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Quito, Jul 12 . .- Ecuador borders the 68,000 infections confirmed by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, with a significant rise in the capital, Quito, since June 3, when the transition from isolation to social distancing began , through an epidemiological traffic light.

According to official statistics this Sunday, there are 67,870 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country through rapid tests and PCR, that is to say 661 more than on Saturday.

The number of deaths confirmed by the resulting disease, COVID-19, increased by 16 to 5,047, while the « probable » deaths from this disease reached 3,292, in official statistics.

Since the first case was officially reported on February 29, a total of 182,523 tests have been taken, between PCR and rapid tests in Ecuador, inhabited by more than 17 million people.

According to these samples, 91,973 cases have been ruled out, while 5,900 patients recovered from the disease and another 8,842 were discharged from hospital.

Of the 24 provinces of Ecuador, the coastal of Guayas, whose capital is Guayaquil, continues to lead the highest number of cases, 16,480, which represents 27.97% nationwide, followed by Pichincha, with the city of Quito. As head, which gathers 10,673, 18.12% of infections, 258 more cases than on Saturday.

REPUNTE IN QUITO

The capital, Quito, started on June 3 a new stage of de-escalation and went from red to yellow at the epidemiological traffic light, which has resulted in the partial resumption of public transport and increased commercial and labor activity on the streets of the city, inhabited by about three million people.

However, the incessant contagion rate in the capital keeps it under some limitations despite being in yellow, such as the closing of theaters and cinemas or the suspension of inter-provincial transport, among other measures.

When Quito turned yellow at the epidemiological traffic light, the Pichincha province accumulated 13% of cases nationwide, now it exceeds 18%.

The increase in cases in Pichincha, concentrated mainly in Quito (9,670), led the authorities to redouble controls to avoid crowds and clandestine parties, among others.

On Saturday, César Díaz, Secretary of Security for the Municipality, reported on an operation at a clandestine party, in which there were even « minors and alcoholic beverages. These irresponsible acts are those that put life at risk, » he said in Twitter

« Unfortunately, it is the parents or grandparents who will need an ICU bed and we no longer have Quito, help us !!! », the mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, cried, echoing Díaz’s message on the social network.

In her Twitter profile, Yunda also mentioned the increase in patients at a convention center adapted in the north of the city to receive mildly affected by the coronavirus.

« We started with eight patients and at the moment we are with 120 patients, we will continue to grow neighbors of Quito but there will be no space if we do not acquire health awareness, wear a mask, avoid getting it, help us, » wrote the burgomaster.

In the capital, criminalistics has already collected several bodies on the streets, allegedly affected by COVID-19.

OTHER PROVINCES

The provinces of Guayas and Pichincha are followed by infections in infections: Manabí with 5,110, Los Ríos (2,598), Esmeraldas (2,523), El Oro (2,354), Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas (2,554), Azuay (2,262), Tungurahua (1,479), Cotopaxi (1,472), Loja (1,323) and Morona Santiago (1,286).

The rest of the Ecuadorian provinces, including the Galápagos territorial district (100 cases), register less than a thousand confirmed, although the province of Santa Elena reaches 988 confirmed infections, that of Chimborazo 980, that of Pastaza 962 and that of Orellana, 921.

Since last month, Ecuador is in a process of de-escalation of the restrictions in its epidemiological strategy to face the pandemic of COVID-19.

This means moving from mass isolation to physical distancing with the lifting of human mobility limitations, which entered into force with the state of emergency on March 16, and which has been extended on several occasions by the president, Lenín Moreno, the last June 15 for an additional 60 days.

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