COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador

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COVID-19 pandemic in Ecuador
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Ecuador.svg
  10-99 Confirmed cases reported
  100-999 Confirmed cases reported
  1,000-9,999 Confirmed cases reported
  More of 10,000 Confirmed cases reported
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakSpain
Index caseGuayaquil
Arrival date14 February 2020
(2 years, 9 months, 2 weeks and 1 day)
Confirmed 29 February 2020
(2 years and 9 months)
Confirmed cases198,244[1]
Suspected cases20,542[1]
9,269[1] (+4,511 suspected deaths)[2][note 1]
Government website
Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic was reported to have spread to Ecuador on 29 February 2020. That was when a woman in her 70s tested positive for the virus. Ecuador was described in April as the growing "epicentre" of the pandemic in Latin America.[3]

Deaths[change | change source]

The city of Guayaquil has had so many deaths that bodies are being left in the street.[4] Ecuador gave out cardboard coffins because the country had diffculty removing all the dead bodies.[5][6] The government was planning to build emergency cemeteries to dispose of the bodies which are left in the streets.[7]

Vaccination[change | change source]

In April 2021, newly elected President Guillermo Lasso said that his main priorities after being inaugurated would be to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country.[8] Lassos said he aim for bilateral talks with Russia, China, the United States, the European Union and Chile to try to acquire vaccines.[8]

Numbers[change | change source]

The number of deaths was believed to be higher than the official figure because not enough testing was being done.[9] A New York Times analysis found 7,600 more deaths had happened from 1 March to 15 April as the mortality rate spiked to three times as much as usual. That showed that the official death toll was lower than the actual death toll.[10]

Current number of cases by provinces[change | change source]

Provinces [11] Confirmed Cases Confirmed Deaths [12]
Guayas 11,705 1,059
Indeterminated area (Rapid Test) 8,937
Pichincha 2,096 105
Manabí 1,299 252
Los Ríos 1,026 76
El Oro 672 114
Azuay 569 24
Santa Elena 534 191
Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas 389 39
Esmeraldas 290 43
Tungurahua 273 34
Loja 257 14
Chimborazo 256 66
Cañar 241 22
Cotopaxi 168 36
Bolívar 167 18
Imbabura 126 11
Pastaza 97 4
Carchi 96 8
Galápagos 70 1
Zamora-Chinchipe 68 2
Sucumbíos 65 3
Orellana 60 1
Napo 54 3
Morona Santiago 44 1
 Ecuador 29,559 2,127

Notes[change | change source]

  1. In total 826 bodies were recovered by authorities from homes with knowledge of presenting the same symptoms of Covid-19, amid a reported breaking point in Hospitals and Morgues [1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Coronavirus Ecuador" (in Spanish). Gobierno de la República de Ecuador. Archived from the original on 2020-04-01. Retrieved 2020-05-14.
  2. "Casos de coronavirus en Ecuador, miércoles 13 de mayo: 30486 confirmados, 2334 fallecidos" (in Spanish). El Universo. 8 May 2020.
  3. "Uncollected bodies lie for days in the streets of Ecuador the emerging epicentre of the coronavirus in Latin America". Stuff/Fairfax. 4 April 2020.
  4. "Ecuador coronavirus: Bodies are being left in the streets in an overwhelmed city". Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  5. Phillips, Tom; Moncada, Blanca (2020-04-05). "Ecuador: cardboard coffins distributed amid coronavirus fears". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  6. Ecuador distributes cardboard coffins to cope with Covid-19 – CNN Video, retrieved 2020-04-08
  7. "Ecuador builds emergency cemeteries due to coronavirus outbreak". Reuters. 2020-04-08. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Guillermo Lasso: Ecuador's new president faces uphill struggle". BBC. 24 May 2021.
  9. "Coronavirus nightmare in Ecuador's main city Guayaquil – pictures". BBC. 17 April 2020.
  10. Cabrera, José María León; Kurmanaev, Anatoly (23 April 2020). "Ecuador's Death Toll During Outbreak Is Among the Worst in the World". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  11. "Actualización de casos de coronavirus en Ecuador – Ministerio de Salud Pública" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-10.