The President of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, extended the state of emergency throughout the national territory for another 30 days, to protect citizens from the spread of COVID-19.
Through his official account on the social network Twitter, The president stated that by decree number 1052 he had extended the state of emergency for 30 days.
"I do it with the aim of protecting the well-being of all Ecuadorians and being able to deploy the necessary measures to face the emergency," Moreno argued in the tweet.
The President attached the decree document stating that he adopted that decision "due to public calamity throughout the national territory, due to confirmed coronavirus cases and the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Ecuador."
Moreno indicates that The cases "continue to represent a high risk of contagion for all citizens and generate an impact on the health rights and peaceful coexistence of the State."
The head of the Government in Ecuador declared a state of emergency on March 16 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country, and which had an initial term of 60 days.
When announcing the measure, he specified that he had ordered, among other measures, the closure of public services, with the exception of health, safety, risk services and those that, as an emergency, the ministries decide to keep open.
Last week Ecuador began a process of de-escalation of restrictions due to the pandemic, called "traffic lights", for a gradual resumption and, if conditions allow, of certain activities despite the state of sanitary emergency.
Three additional cantons today became the "yellow" condition of Ecuador's epidemiological traffic light, including one of the most contagious in the country, which will allow them to reduce the curfew in four hours and reopen some commercial activities, announced the Minister of Government, María Paula Romo.
These are Samborondón, in the province of Guayas, and Paute and El Pan, in the province of Azuay, both in the south of the country, pass phase.
Ecuador reported this Friday another 256 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the COVID-19 disease to 2,594, according to official statistics.
To this are added 1,613 deaths likely due to the disease, a figure that on Thursday reached 1,561 cases.
Government records account for 31,467 positives, 965 more than those reported on Thursday.
(With information from EFE)
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