QUITO, May 3 (Xinhua) — Ecuador’s Ministry of Health reported on Monday 747 new COVID-19 infections and 20 more deaths in the last 24 hours, for a total of 388,046 cases and 13,599 deaths.
The province of Pichincha registered 331 infections in the one day, with 313 recorded in the capital Quito, the epicenter of the pandemic in the South American country.
Ecuador is facing a critical health situation with an accelerated increase in infections, which has led to a demand for intensive care unit beds.
On Monday, Vice Minister of Health Salomon Proano said during a press conference that Pichincha was among the seven provinces with the highest intensive bed occupancy, while there was a waiting list of 300 patients nationwide.
Meanwhile, variants of the novel coronavirus first seen in other countries have been detected in eight provinces in Ecuador, according to the Emergency Operations Committee.
The country is continuing its vaccination plan against COVID-19, with slightly over 1 million people from priority groups and the elderly inoculated since Jan. 21.