On Saturday, July 11, Ecuadorian health authorities reported an updated total of 5031 associated coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths in the country, with 67,209 confirmed cases. Health authorities reported 48 deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the total to 5031, in addition to the 1408 new COVID-19 cases. Guayaquil remains the most affected city in Ecuador, with 16,453 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The Ecuadorian government announced on June 16, that the current state of emergency would be extended for a further 60 days to curb the spread of COVID-19. Under the state of emergency, the use of face masks remains mandatory in public spaces. Fines may be given to those who do not comply with the measures. All public gatherings (including sporting events and entertainment centers) and all inter-provincial travel remain prohibited. Schools also remain closed nationwide. Those over the age of 60, or anyone who has been designated as vulnerable to COVID-19, is to undergo mandatory self-isolation.
Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.
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