With some 54,500 coronavirus cases, including more than 4,400 deaths, Ecuador is one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic in Latin America.
The mayor of Quito, Jorge Yunda, warned on Saturday night, June 27, that the health services of the Ecuadorian capital are “overwhelmed” by the increase in patients with the new coronavirus.
“The health services no longer give more, we will have to evaluate making decisions, no matter how hard they are,” Yunda posted on her Twitter account.
The mayor also regretted that some people did not abide by the eight-hour curfew and other restrictive measures imposed in the capital.
“Unfortunately we are not understanding the serious danger to which we are exposed as a city,” he tweeted.
On Saturday “crowds were found” in prohibited areas of the capital, said the local Special Operations Committee in charge of the health emergency on Sunday.
With some 54,500 cases, including more than 4,400 deaths, Ecuador, with 17.5 million inhabitants, is one of the countries hardest hit by the epidemic in Latin America.
According to the authorities, there were also 3,054 possible deaths from covid-19.
In mid-May, Ecuador began to ease the confinement decreed to stop the pandemic through a traffic light that establishes the level of danger, in which the red color contemplates the harshest measures.
Quito went yellow on June 3, but the capital authorities insist on the need to return to red – which includes, among other measures, a nine-hour confinement -, after an increase of 62% of cases between 3 and June 27.
The demand for intensive care units in the capital grew from 57 to 250 beds in the last month, according to figures from the Ministry of Health.
On Monday, 50% of public servants are expected to return to face-to-face work and the accommodation capacity in public transport will be expanded from 30 to 50%, within the progressive return to activities.
Quito, the most populous city in Ecuador with 2.78 million inhabitants, is the second with the most cases of covid-19 in the country, behind Guayaquil, which reached 9,978 infected.
In the latter, the houses became morgues and the hospitals were overwhelmed by the avalanche of patients after the detection of the first case on February 29.