Coronavirus: “The situation is stabilizing in Guayaquil,” said Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos
A breath. Public Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos said that the situation in Guayaquil, the city hardest hit by the coronavirus in Ecuador, is stabilizing . In a national network today, April 21, he specified that most sectors of the city are reaching the plateau of the epidemiological curve. ” The number of suspects, or those who tested positive, no longer rises . The number of calls to 171 is decreasing. And the number of patients who come to the emergency with this acute respiratory condition has decreased, “said the official.
This reality is not reflected in other cities in the country, he said, and he cited the example of Quito where confirmed cases of COVID-19 are on the rise and do not reach the so-called plateau or set of the curve. “That is why it is essential to apply the concept of smart sectorization because each situation in the country is different,” he said.
For this reason, the National Government began to carry out a probabilistic sampling and intelligent sectorization of the territories to obtain a representative sample. In approximately 6% of the population of Ecuador a survey will be applied and a diagnostic test will be obtained. “The tests are already applied in Babahoyo, we are carrying them out in Guayaquil and Quito is our next stage . In this way we will identify the cases that require isolation and the vulnerable population that requires isolation. The rest may join their work activity keeping the social distancing measures ”.
This information will also allow the National Government to make decisions on the lifting or easing of restriction measures in the localities. Minister Zevallos did not specify when the information to make these decisions would be ready.
Much of today’s ministerial report was also to detail what was done by the head of the portfolio in his first month of management that condensed them into five axes: human talent, infrastructure, supplies, equipment and tests.