The number of contagion by coronavirus in Ecuador continues to grow. On the morning of this Thursday, March 19, Alexandra Ocles , Secretary of Risk Management, confirmed that there are 199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and another 575 in the epidemiological fence .
The number of deaths from the virus remains at three. According to Ocles, an increase of between 10 and 20% is evident day by day . In Guayas , meanwhile, the number of infections rises to 157 .
The number of cases discarded , as of today, is 336 . While another 320 are under suspicion .
Ocles also spoke about what happened yesterday at the José Joaquín de Olmedo airport in Guayaquil, when Mayor Cynthia Viteri prevented an Iberia airline plane from landing at the Main Port. “What happened yesterday violates the civil aviation law, international standards around humanitarian flights. It is an unfortunate fact, it puts the country in a complex situation, “said the Secretary.
” The reaction of the European Parliament is natural . It is an action that will have consequences under the law for those who were responsible for this act. We ratify as a country our reciprocity with the European countries ”, he added about what happened.
In addition, he explained that these are “humanitarian flights” and for that reason, “they have special treatment.” “They arrive empty to transfer foreign citizens who are in the national territory,” he continued.
The Secretary was consulted by the state of health of several officials of the Ministry of Health and indicated that some of them are complying with the mandatory preventive isolation, the tests have been carried out and “we are going to wait for the results.”
In the specific case of the coordinator Zonal 5 , allegedly infected with coronavirus, she expressed that this situation is similar “like so many other officials who are related to the health service.” “To that extent we have established the respective protocol,” he added.