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Quito, Aug 10 . .- The number of positives for COVID-19 in Ecuador amounted to 94,701 this Monday, 242 new cases compared to the day before, while official deaths reached 5,932, with an additional 10.
This was reported in its daily part by the Ministry of Health, which also mentions 3,539 probable deaths from coronavirus.
According to the official bulletin, since the first contagion was detected on February 29, 267,795 samples for coronavirus have been taken, between rapid tests and PCR in Ecuador, inhabited by more than 17 million people.
With these tests, 131,235 cases were ruled out, while 12,509 were discharged from hospital.
According to official statistics, Ecuador registers 66,099 recovered from the disease, 905 people are hospitalized in stable conditions and 345 with a reserved prognosis.
Based on the PCR tests, Quito continues to collect the highest number of cases, registering another 56 in the last 24 hours, reaching 16,210 infections.
Guayaquil, the second city in the country, registers 12,212 today, three additional compared to Sunday.
CONTAGES BY PROVINCES
Of the 24 provinces of the country, Guayas, of which Guayaquil is the head, is the one that reports the most infections, 17,924, followed by the Andean Pichincha, with Quito in the capital, which adds 17,910 cases.
They are followed by Manabí with 7,121 cases, Azuay (4,026), Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas (4,009), El Oro (3,634), Esmeraldas (3,361), Loja (3,143), Los Ríos (2,951), Cotopaxi (2,389), Tungurahua ( 2,372), Morona Santiago (2,177), Imbabura (1,831), Chimborazo (1,656), Sucumbíos (1,591), Pastaza (1,547), Orellana (1,448), Bolívar (1,247), Santa Elena (1,170) and Zamora Chinchipe (1,047) .
The rest of the provinces have less than a thousand cases each, while the island of Galapagos, located about a thousand kilometers from the Ecuadorian continental coasts, registers 104 positives.
Regarding the age group that concentrates the highest number of confirmed, stands out with 59.4% the one that comprises people between 20 and 49 years old, followed by the one between 50 and 64 years old, which represents 21.3% contagion.
Since the beginning of June and after almost four months of quarantine, Ecuador began to ease restrictions to face the coronavirus pandemic and launched a de-escalation mechanism, called « epidemiological traffic lights », to expand the margin of human, labor and productive mobility .
The measure made it possible to move from massive isolation to physical distancing, in the midst of a state of exception decreed by President Lenín Moreno on March 16 and which has been extended on several occasions.
Last week, the national Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) issued 16 mandatory regulations for the entire country, regardless of the color of the traffic light, in order to contain COVID-19 infections.
These include the closure of international land borders, the prohibition of face-to-face classes at all educational levels, the maintenance of the closure of bars, discotheques and leisure centers, as well as children’s venues.