QUITO, April 4 (Xinhua) — The Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health on Sunday reported 2,506 new cases and 10 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 335,681 and the death toll to 12,060.
The actual pandemic death toll may be closer to 17,000 as another 4,896 deaths are considered to be COVID-19 related, but not verified, according to the ministry.
The exponential rise in infections in the last 24 hours is concentrated in the provinces of Pichincha, where the capital city of Quito is located, and Guayas.
Pichincha and Guayas join six other provinces that have registered a sustained increase in infections and deaths, which led the government to decree on Thursday a state of emergency in the provinces for 30 days.
Before the Easter holiday, which ends on Sunday, the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) imposed a series of restrictions to help avoid an increase in infections.
The measures include the closure of public spaces such as beaches and entertainment venues, restricting mobility and banning the sale of alcohol after 6 p.m.
As of April 1, the health ministry reported that it had inoculated 204,902 people with the first dose of the vaccine and that 78,204 people had received both doses.