The Ecuador Emergency Operations Committee (COE) will approve additional restrictions in 14 provinces to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already infected over 83,000 people in the country.
This was announced by government minister María Paula Romo, who has pointed out that the authorities must focus on Pichincha (14,632 infections), Azuay (3,106), major cities and medium-sized cities are experiencing an increase in infections.
These jurisdictions also include Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas (3,454 cases), Esmeraldas (3,051) and Zamora Chinchipe (912), who will take additional restrictive measures over the next two or three weekends. “We see the cases skyrocket over the weekend,” Romo said on Teleamazonas news, as reported by local newspaper El Comercio.
The COE has already approved additional measures for the yellow traffic light, the color system that calibrates the situation of the pandemic in Ecuador and sets the tone for de-escalation last week for the same provinces. In particular, the curfew, which now applies from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., was extended and social gatherings were prohibited.