Ecuador reports 1,634 new COVID-19 cases

2021-07-21 02:36:08 GMT2021-07-21 10:36:08(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

QUITO, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador on Tuesday registered 1,634 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing its total caseload to 477,946, the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) has reported.

Meanwhile, the accumulated nationwide death toll reached 30,744, with inclusion of deaths at home and patient deaths at MSP-run hospitals and at private hospitals, the MSP said in a statement.

The update will help "identify new parameters for understanding the epidemiological situation nationwide" and "make information transparent" in a bid to raise public awareness of the severity of the pandemic, the statement added.

Health Minister Ximena Garzon said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday that there were "information gaps" in the records since May 24, when the new government came to power.

In response, officials worked "to clean up the databases and have more reliable data, which was not given to us when we started our administration," she said. Enditem