Coronavirus: Ecuador extends 60-day state of emergency

Coronavirus: l'Équateur prolonge de 60 jours l'état d'urgence

QUITO | Ecuador has extended for 60 days, until August 13, the state of emergency imposed in march to face the pandemic of sars coronavirus has done 3 929 people dead in the country for more than 47 000 cases, announced on Monday night the ministry of Communication.

The government has decided on the extension because of the emergency civil, economic and health facing the country, according to a decree issued by the ministry.

The first case of COVID-19 in the country was detected on 29 February and the president Lenin Moreno has declared a state of emergency on march 16 to 60 days, renewing then for the first time for an additional 30 days.

This new measure allows the executive power to maintain a certain number of restrictions, including a curfew and the mobilization of the armed forces, as well as the suspension of certain freedoms, like that of meet.

Ecuador (17.5 million people) is one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 in Latin America with a rate of 22 deaths per 100 000 inhabitants.

It is the fourth country in the most grief-stricken of the region after Brazil (43 959 deaths), Mexico (17 141), and Peru (6 688), according to a statement drawn up by AFP from an official source.

Despite an easing of the containment measures since mid-may, the land borders remain closed as a school.

Colors have been assigned to the regions according to their state of health. Most of the 221 cantons in the country are in yellow, including the capital Quito and the port of Guayaquil (southwest), and the epicenter of the disease. This category provides for a curfew for eight hours, permission to travel three days per week for passenger cars, a partial resumption of public transport and the opportunity to work face-to-face for 50 % of the staff.

Approximately 30 % of the cantons, are kept in red, with a curfew of eleven hours per day and the prohibition of work in face-to-face. Two townships only are in green, with the freedom to travel five hours per day and the authorisation of the work in face-to-face for 75 % of the workforce.

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