The Vice President of the Republic, Otto Sonnenholzner, referred in an interview to CNN to the situation in Ecuador and how it copes with the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19).
In the dialogue with Camilo Egaña, the Second President indicated that the country seeks to cut the spread of coronavirus, for which it has had to take drastic measures, such as the curfew.
For Sonnenholzner, the situation between a European and a Latino is very different for isolation, but that staying home is the right thing to do.
“Asking a European or a Chinese to stay at home is more feasible, but in Ecuador it is more difficult, because many live from day to day and must go out to produce.”
In addition, the official indicated that in Ecuador families are larger, “contrary to what happens in China, where families are 3 people on average.”
To deal with the coronavirus, Otto indicated that Ecuador has 1,000 beds enabled “and we are enabling more, as the needs advance.”
The Vice President indicated that the country faces a complex economic situation (on Tuesday, March 10, economic measures were taken), “but that is an encouragement, that Ecuadorians are capable of overcoming the most adverse situations.”
Sonnenholzner emphasized isolation. “The vaccine, the solution, the best response to the coronavirus is in everyone’s hands, to stay home.”
Regarding the circulation permits during the curfew, he said: “Why don’t we stop public transport, because we need to continue producing it, because the worst thing that can happen is that there is a shortage or sanitary problems.”
Regarding Ecuadorians who are in other countries and cannot return, he said: “there is a blockade of flights nationwide, it was what we had to do. My father is out of the country, my aunt too, but that doesn’t give me priority. We are making every effort to get them back. Of course, we will prioritize the cases of minors and people with health difficulties. But the main thing is that we ask people to quarantine where they are. ”
The official also referred to the $ 500 million loan requested by the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and which was denied by the International Monetary Fund.
“You have to be cautious, especially when you lead a country. What a president says can affect a country, ”said Otto, in relation to the various occasions that Caracas has lashed out at the IMF.