Ecuador hits 206,257 cases and 9,400 deaths from COVID-19

QUITO, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) — Ecuador reported 337 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours, for a total of 206,257 cases, and no new deaths were reported, leaving the death toll at 9,400, the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) reported on Sunday.

The ministry added that all 24 Ecuadorian provinces continue to see an increase in infections, with the provinces of Azuay, Carchi, Galapagos, Morona Santiago, and Pichincha reporting a greater increase compared to the previous week.

The city of Quito in Pichincha province, the most populous in the country, remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Ecuador, with 67,792 cases.

The ministry said that in the second half of December during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, compliance with biosafety measures is essential.

Ecuador has registered a sustained increase in infections since June, after the relaxation of the quarantine and the reactivation of the economy.

The country plans to start a vaccination campaign against COVID-19 in January, starting with those in high-risk groups.

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