translated from Spanish: Quito becomes the most COVID-19-infected city in Ecuador

Quito.- The Ecuadorian capital, Quito, became on Thursday the city most infected with coronavirus in Ecuador, after beating Guayaquil by more than a hundred cases, according to the daily report of the Ministry of Salud.De according to that report, Quito records 11,900 cases, while Guayaquil has 11,788 positives.
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The total contagion in Ecuador, confirmed by rapid tests and PCR, on Thursday amounted to 78,148, most of them concentrated in the coastal province of Guayas, which between March and April lived tragic moments by COVID-19 with the saturation of the health and burial system. The number of coronavirus-confirmed deaths in the country reached 5,439 on Thursday, most of them occurring in the provinces of Guayas (1,645), Manabí (762) and Pichincha (653). According to the Ministry of Health, there are also 3,412 deaths likely by COVID-19. Since the first case was reported on 29 February, a total of 216,974 tests have been taken, between PCR and rapids in Ecuador, inhabited by more than 17 million people. These samples ruled out 106,022 cases, while 5,900 patients recovered from the virus and another 10,291 received hospital discharge. According to the Ministry, 38,125 infected are stable in home isolation and 1,129 are hospitalized, 339 of them with reserved forecast. CONTAGIOS BY PROVINCIASBased in pcR test results, the coastal province of Guayas, whose capital is Guayaquil, maintains the highest number of contagions with 17,257, representing 24.94% nationally. It is followed by the Pichincha Andean, of which Quito is the capital, with 13,159, or 19% of cases in the country. After those two provinces, are those of Manabí with 6,012 cases, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas with 2,996, Esmeraldas with 2,906, Azuay with 2,856, El Oro with 2,758 and Los Ríos with 2,757.In addition, Loja with 1,955, Tungurahua 1.833, Cotopaxi with 1,785, Morona Santiago with 1,745, Pastaza with 1,274, Chimborazo with 1,196, Imbabura with 1 Orellana, which adds 1,222, St. Helena with 1,113 and Bolivar with 1,038.The rest of the provinces have fewer than a thousand cases each , while the Galapagos island reports 101 positives. As for the age group that concentrates the highest number of confirmed, it highlights with 58.9 % the one comprising people between the ages of 20 and 49, followed by those aged 50 to 64, which accounts for 21.7% of contagions. From the beginning of June and after almost four months in quarantine, Ecuador began to ease the restrictions applied to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and launched a de-escalation mechanism called “epidemiological semaforization”, to expand the margin of human, labor and productive mobility. This measure allowed us to move from mass isolation to physical estrangement, in the midst of a state of emergency decreed by President Lenín Moreno on March 16, which has been extended several times. NEW RESTRICTIONSThe increase in cases in Ecuador has led the Committee on Emergency Operations (COE) to extend certain restrictions on mobility in most provinces of the country since Thursday. In this vein, meetings with more than 25 people are prohibited and curfew hours are extended in the jurisdictions where the new measures are applied. According to María Paula Romo, Minister of Government and who chairs the COE, the restrictions apply “for the mountains (Andean), plus the (coastal) provinces of Esmeraldas, (tropical) Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, (Amazonian) Morona Santiago and Zamora Chinchipe”. On June 3, Quito went from red to yellow at the epidemiological traffic light, but the authorities had to redouble checks with the intervention of police and military to avoid the crowds and clandestine festivities, which have been held by dozens. This morning, the Municipality of Quito reported that control operations are intensifying in parishes with the highest number of COVID-19 contagions, and noted that citizens and establishments were sanctioned for violating the curfew and violating health standards. Alerted by the yespibón province, Paola Pabón, said that “the health system is saturated and cases continue to grow alarmingly. They need measures to take care of everyone’s life,” he wrote on Twitter. 

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