translated from Spanish: Coronavirus: Ecuador declares state of emergency, curfew and dry law

Since the emergence of a new strain of coronavirus in the UK, which is a ensured to have a higher percentage of contagion and spread, the Ecuadorian government took extreme action at the end of the year to try to contain the advance of the pandemic in the wild. For this purpose, three regulations were issued and the first has to do with a state of emergency that will be extended for 30 days and will be applied in a «focused» way, that is, by region. This was revealed by President Lenin Moreno on a national network. He also stressed that the measures will be for just over two weeks.

The pandemic isn’t over! In these Christmas and New Year festivities, we must continue to take care of our health and that of the family. Today, more than ever, let us maintain all prevention measures. Let us share with loved ones but protect each other. #YoMeCuido — Lenín Moreno (@Lenin)
December 20, 2020

The other two measures go hand in hand and the first one has to do with a curfew that will last from this Monday, December 21 from 22 to 4 a.m., for a period of 15 days. In this time, in addition, the dry law will apply, where means that alcohol cannot be sold and vehicle circulation will be restricted at the national level. On the other hand, there was a limitation of 50% of the capacity of shopping malls and 30% in restaurants and hotels, while during public holidays (24, 25, 31 December and 1 January) the beaches will be closed and the meetings will be limited to a maximum ten people»If at these festivities we abuse the contact we have will be the last Christmas we celebrate», Moreno launched in his official presentation, where he had the full support of his Minister of Health Juan Carlos Zevallos, who also expressed himself to the repsect of passengers arriving from the United Kingdom, Austria, South Africa and countries of the European Union.

I have called for an urgent meeting of the National COE to be held tomorrow. Two reasons: 1. Last-minute information on a new coronavirus mutation reported in the UK and 2. Measures to curb crowds in several cities in the country. — Lenín Moreno (@Lenin)
December 21, 2020

They must present a PCR test with a negative result carried out within a maximum period of ten days or else they must comply with ten days of isolation. «They are to preserve the health of Ecuadorians. It is not known whether existing vaccines cover this variant of the virus, but there is also no evidence that it does not cover them,» the official explained. In recent hours, Ecuador recorded 72 new contagions and one death, bringing the totals accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic to 206,329 contagions and 13,949 deaths.

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