At 11:00 on Wednesday, an information table was installed in the arrivals hall of the José Joaquín de Olmedo airport in Guayaquil to make recommendations to avoid the coronavirus, the epidemic that keeps health authorities on alert. all the world. Meanwhile, arriving passengers complained that entrance checks were not carried out at all.
Three hours later, in Quito, the Ecuadorian Health authorities reiterated that the country does not have cases of the disease, originating in China, but that, as a prevention, selective controls will be made that will concentrate on travelers arriving from four countries affected by This epidemic.
It is tata from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
The Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Gabriel Martínez, explained that these countries are the ones that now have the active disease. He added that they may increase depending on how the situation develops worldwide.
Martínez said the measure, which will be implemented in 24 hours, seeks to strengthen control. “There was a willingness to check people who show symptoms on airplanes and have these people checked. Now we are going to do it regardless of whether they present symptoms or not to people who come from these countries, they will be checked once they pass migration, ”he said.
Norman Wray, president of the Galápagos Governing Council, mentioned that the control and surveillance systems will be strengthened in the two ports of air entry to Galapagos, which are Quito and Guayaquil, and two immigration checkpoints, Baltra and San Cristóbal. He mentioned that with the Ministry of Health the necessary controls will be carried out to identify any symptoms that may attract attention or cause concern.
“We do this in order to strengthen and protect the Galapagos Islands from any vulnerability to this issue. Additionally, we will strengthen the controls for what is navigable tourism, that is, the one that comes, for example, from sailboats entering the marine reserve …
Meanwhile, the Minister of Health, Catalina Andramuño, said that a hospital will be exclusive to attend cases of coronavirus if that disease arrives in Ecuador. He argued that, for security reasons, it was not mentioned where it will be located. You will have 40 beds to attend intensive therapy. He added that he will have the necessary equipment and personnel. He also argued that there will be an area where quarantine can be done, but this site was not specified. According to the Ministry of Health, Ecuador has 15 sentinel hospitals within the National Network of Public and Private Health to treat and respond if the coronavirus is present.
Ecuadorians evacuated from China
Regarding the students from Ecuador who were evacuated from China to Ukraine, the Minister of Health, Catalina Andramuño, said that when they return to the country they must remain in quarantine.
Andramuño explained that they have no symptoms after they had respiratory tests.