2020 coronavirus pandemic in Ecuador

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was reported to have spread to Ecuador on 29 February 2020 when a woman in her 70s tested positive for the virus. Ecuador has been described in April as emerging as the "epicentre" of the pandemic in Latin America.[2] The city of Guayaquil has been overwhelmed to the point where bodies are being left in the street.[3]

2020 coronavirus pandemic in Ecuador
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Ecuador.svg
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationEcuador
First outbreakSpain
Index caseGuayaquil
Arrival date14 February 2020
(1 month, 3 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed 29 February 2020
(1 month, 1 week and 1 day)
Confirmed cases3,646[1]
Suspected cases5,137[1]
Recovered100[1]
Deaths
180[1]
Official website
coronavirusecuador.com
www.salud.gob.ec/coronavirus-covid-19
Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

Current number of cases by provincesEdit

Provinces Confirmed Cases Confirmed Deaths
  Guayas 2,402 122
  Pichincha 321 6
  Los Ríos 153 10
  Azuay 99 5
  Manabí 71 2
  El Oro 56 11
  Cañar 56 2
  Santa Elena 48 4
  Chimborazo 31 1
  Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas 31 2
  Loja 27 0
  Sucumbíos 27 1
  Bolívar 26 1
  Tungurahua 22 2
  Imbabura 20 1
  Cotopaxi 16 1
  Esmeraldas 14 0
  Galápagos 11 1
  Morona Santiago 10 0
  Carchi 9 0
  Pastaza 9 0
  Napo 2 0
  Orellana 2 0
  Zamora Chinchipe 2 0
  Ecuador 3,465 180

TimelineEdit

COVID-19 cases in Ecuador  ()
     Deaths        Active cases and recoveries
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-02-29
1(+)
2020-03-01
6(+600%)
2020-03-03
11(+83.3%)
2020-03-04
14(+27.2%)
2020-03-08
15(+7.1%)
2020-03-10
17(+13.3%)
2020-03-13
23(+35.2%) 1(+)
2020-03-14
28(+21.7%) 2(+1)
2020-03-15
37(+32.1%) 2
2020-03-16
58(+56.7%) 2
2020-03-17
111(+91.3%) 2
2020-03-18
155(+39.6%) 2
2020-03-19
260(+67.7%) 4(+2)
2020-03-20
367(+41.1%) 5(+1)
2020-03-21
532(+44.9%) 7(+2)
2020-03-22
789(+48.3%) 14(+7)
2020-03-23
981(+24.3%) 18(+4)
2020-03-24
1,082(+10.2%) 27(+9)
2020-03-25
1,211(+11.9%) 29(+2)
2020-03-26
1,403(+15.8%) 34(+5)
2020-03-27
1,627(+15.9%) 41(+7)
2020-03-28
1,835(+12.7%) 48(+7)
2020-03-29
1,924(+4.8%) 58(+10)
2020-03-30
1,966(+2.1%) 62(+4)
2020-03-31
2,302(+17.0%) 79(+17)
2020-04-01
2,758(+19.8%) 98(+19)
2020-04-02
3,163(+14.6%) 120(+22)
2020-04-03
3,368(+6.4%) 145(+25)
2020-04-04
3,465(+2.8%) 170(+25)
2020-04-05
3,646(+5.2%) 180(+10)
Sources: [4] [5] [6][7][8]

The following section includes all the daily reports published by national media, communicating the updates of the new confirmed cases from the Ministry of Health or the INSPI (Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Salud Pública, in English National Public Health Research Institute).[citation needed]

FebruaryEdit

On 29 February, the Minister of Public Health in Ecuador, Catalina Andramuño, confirmed the first case of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the country.[9] The patient was a woman in her 70s and an Ecuadorian citizen who resided in Spain. She arrived to Guayaquil on 14 February.[9] According to Andramuño, she had no symptoms when she arrived in the country. Following her arrival, she began experiencing symptoms including a fever and mild muscle pain. She was taken to a healthcare facility in serious condition and with reserved prognosis. Further details about the woman and the hospital where she is located were not disclosed due to security measures. Also, 80 people who had continuous contact with the infected woman are currently under observation.[10][11]

MarchEdit

On 1 March, Andramuño announced that 5 new cases of coronavirus have been registered in Ecuador.[12] On 4 March 3 new cases were announced by the Ministry of Health.[13] The last report, according to the INSPI (Instituto Nacional de Investigación en Salud Pública, in English National Public Health Research Institute), confirms a total of 14 positive cases.[14]

On 8 March, the Ministry of Health in Ecuador announced through all the social media a new case of coronavirus in the country. According to the statement, the patient became infected having contact with the first case registered in the region. Adding up 15 cases in the country to the moment.[15]

On 10 March, the Ministry of Health in Ecuador announced 2 new cases of coronavirus in the country. This cases are in the provinces of Guayas and Los Ríos. One of the cases is related with the first case in the country, and the other case is related with the first case in Paraguay.[16]

As of 13 March 23 cases have been confirmed by the Government.[17] There are cases reported in Pichincha (5), Guayas (8), and Los Rios(10). The Government suspended class attendance for students of all levels. Additionally, the first death (the first Ecuadorian infection case) is reported by the Minister of Public Health, Catalina Andramuño, during a press conference in Guayaquil.[18]

On 14 March, Ecuador's government on Saturday announced the closure of its borders from Sunday to all foreign travelers due to the spread of the coronavirus, after local authorities confirmed a second death from the infection. Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner, in a televised statement, said all aerial, land and maritime transport into the Andean country will be prohibited. Ecuadorian citizens and foreigners with Ecuadorean residency will have until the end of Monday to return, he said. Ecuador so far has confirmed 28 cases of coronavirus, including two deaths, and authorities have banned all public activities.[19]

On 15 March 37 cases have been confirmed by the Government. Guayas has 19 cases, Los Rios 10 cases, Pichincha 6 cases, Sucumbios 1 case and Azuay 1 case.[20] Citizens of Ecuador, El Salvador, Perú, and Chile are stuck at Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City on 16 March because of the virus.[21] 58 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Ecuador, including a new case in Manta, Manabi. Guayas Province has 38 infected, Los Ríos Province 10 infected, Pichincha Province 7 infected, Sucumbíos Province 1 case, Azuay Province 1 infected, and Manabi 1 case.[22]

At the morning of 17 March, the Ecuadorian government confirms a total of 111 positive cases.[23]

As of 18 March, the Ecuadorian government confirms a total of 155 positive cases.[24] In the afternoon government confirms a total of 168 positive cases in total.[25]

On 19 March, government confirms 260 positive cases, 481 suspected cases, 4 deaths and 3 recovered.[26]

At the morning of 20 March, the Ecuadorian government confirms a total of 367 positive cases, 582 suspected cases, 5 deaths and 4 recovered.[27]

On 21 March, government confirms 532 positive cases, 870 suspected cases, 7 deaths and 3 recovered.[28]

On 23 March, the Ecuadorian government reports 981 confirmed cases and 18 deaths.[29]

On 24 March, the Ecuadorian police moved to dismantle open markets to limit large groups of people coming together.[30]

At the afternoon of 30 March, the Minister of Public Health in Ecuador, Juan Zeballos announced that there are 54 recovered people.[31]

AprilEdit

As of 1 April, the health system in Guayas Province is overwhelmed as 52 of Ecuador's 79 COVID-19 deaths have occurred there. Corpses are abandoned on the street as local funeral homes are incapable of handling so much work, which is complicated by the 2:00 p.m. curfew.[32]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Coronavirus Ecuador" (in Spanish). Gobierno de la República de Ecuador.
  2. ^ "Uncollected bodies lie for days in the streets of Ecuador the emerging epicentre of the coronavirus in Latin America". Stuff/Fairfax. 4 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Ecuador coronavirus: Bodies are being left in the streets in an overwhelmed city". www.msn.com. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Coronavirus: Subió la cifra de contagiados a 58 en Ecuador". El Universo (in Spanish). 16 March 2020.
  5. ^ "COE confirma 111 casos de COVID-19 en Ecuador". El Comercio (in Spanish). 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ @Salud_Ec (18 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa 168 casos positivos, 283 en sospecha, 312 descartados, 3 fallecidos y 575 personas en cerco epidemiológico de coronavirus. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ @Salud_Ec (19 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa que la vigilancia epidemiológica para coronavirus registra 260 casos positivos, 412 descartados, 4 fallecidos y 3 recuperados. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ @Salud_Ec (20 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa que la vigilancia epidemiológica para coronavirus registra 367 casos positivos, 483 descartados, 5 fallecidos y 3 recuperados. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ a b @elcomerciocom (29 February 2020). "Ministra de Salud confirma primer caso de #coronavirus en Ecuador" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ "Ministerio de Salud confirma primer caso de coronavirus en Ecuador". El Comercio (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Ecuador confirma primer caso de coronavirus". El Universo (in Spanish). 29 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  12. ^ @elcomerciocom (1 March 2020). "La ministra de Salud, Catalina Andramuño, informa cinco nuevos casos positivos de #COVID19 en Ecuador" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ @elcomerciocom (4 March 2020). "Tres nuevos casos por #covid19 en Ecuador" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Extranjero, el caso número 14 de contagiados con coronavirus en Ecuador". El Universo (in Spanish). 6 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Coronavirus: 15 contagiados con el nuevo COVID-19 en Ecuador". El Universo (in Spanish). 8 March 2020.
  16. ^ @elcomerciocom (10 March 2020). "Ministerio de Salud confirma dos nuevos casos de #covid19 en #Ecuador; en total 17 personas están infectadas" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Actualización de casos de coronavirus en Ecuador". Ministerio de Salud Pública (in Spanish). 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Ecuador confirma primera muerte por coronavirus". Infobae (in Spanish). 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  19. ^ "Ecuador closes borders to foreign travelers due to coronavirus". Reuters. 14 March 2020.
  20. ^ "COE confirma 37 casos de contagio de covid-19; 273 personas están en el cerco epidemiológico". El Comercio (in Spanish). 15 March 2020.
  21. ^ Central and South American passengers stranded on CDMX due to flight cancellation (in Spanish) Informador, 16 March 2020
  22. ^ "Coronavirus: Subió la cifra de contagiados a 58 en Ecuador". El Universo (in Spanish). 16 March 2020.
  23. ^ "COE confirma 111 casos de COVID-19 en Ecuador". El Comercio (in Spanish). 17 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Ecuador contabiliza este miércoles 155 casos de COVID-19; Samborondón duplica casos". El Universo (in Spanish). 18 March 2020.
  25. ^ @Salud_Ec (18 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa 168 casos positivos, 283 en sospecha, 312 descartados, 3 fallecidos y 575 personas en cerco epidemiológico de coronavirus. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  26. ^ @Salud_Ec (19 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa que la vigilancia epidemiológica para coronavirus registra 260 casos positivos, 412 descartados, 4 fallecidos y 3 recuperados. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  27. ^ @Salud_Ec (20 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa que la vigilancia epidemiológica para coronavirus registra 367 casos positivos, 483 descartados, 5 fallecidos y 3 recuperados. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  28. ^ @Salud_Ec (21 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa que de un total de 2051 muestras para coronavirus existen 532 casos positivos y 649 casos descartados. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  29. ^ @Salud_Ec (23 March 2020). "El Ministerio de Salud Pública informa que la vigilancia epidemiológica para coronavirus registra 981 casos positivos, 1091 descartados, 18 fallecidos. #QuédateEnCasa" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  30. ^ "Pichincha Comunicaciones on Facebook Watch". Retrieved 25 March 2020 – via www.facebook.com.
  31. ^ @salud_Ec (30 March 2020). "El ministro de Salud Pública, informó esta tarde en cadena nacional #Covid19Ec que 54 personas han sido dadas de alta en el país. "Es una buena noticia", señaló" (Tweet) (in Spanish) – via Twitter.
  32. ^ Corpses on the streets of Guayaquil, after the collapse of the Ecuadorian health system (in Spanish) EFE/Diario de Yucatan, 1 Abril 2020