Ecuador's COVID-19 cases near 275,000

2021-02-22 23:35:11 GMT2021-02-23 07:35:11(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

QUITO, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador on Monday reported detecting 295 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the previous 24 hours, bringing its total caseload to 274,968 since the first case was detected on Feb. 29, 2020.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, in the same period, 11 more patients died from the disease, raising the confirmed death toll to 10,807. This is in addition to another 4,740 deaths that were likely caused by the disease.

The capital Quito, located in the Pichincha province, is the epicenter of the pandemic in Ecuador, with 89,251 cases of COVID-19, 94 more than Sunday.

Local authorities blame the sustained increase in infections on lax individual discipline and the flouting of social distancing rules aimed at containing the pandemic.

Over the weekend, more than 3,000 people attended an Andean music concert in the indigenous community of Peguche, in Otavalo, north Imbabura province, despite a temporary ban on large public gatherings.

As of Saturday, Ecuador's positivity rate in COVID-19 testing was at 28 percent, according to the ministry. Enditem