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Confirmed virus cases continue to rise; Cuenca police say compliance with new curfew hours is good; Patrols increased in Guayas ‘hotspot’

Cuenca streets were empty after the start of the 2 p.m. curfew on Wednesday.

Although it is too early to tell if Ecuador’s shelter-in-place rules are slowing the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Ecuador’s new Minister of Heatlh Juan Carlos Zevallos says he expects to see a “flattening of the curve” of new infections within a week to 10 days. “We are seeing some positive signs of improvement and we should see more in the coming days,” he said Wednesday.

Soldiers prepare to patrol Guayas Province roads on Wednesday.

With the new 2 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew going into effect on Wednesday, Ecuador has mandated some of the toughest social distancing orders in Latin America, Zevallos says. “We are following protocols recommended by the world’s best epidemiologists and health experts and we believe we began doing this early enough to avoid the contagions we are witnessing in Europe and now the U.S. This will not be short fight. It will take many weeks and maybe months, but we should see progress very soon.”

National health officials say they continue to suffer from a shortage of test kits and admit they are turning away people with mild symptoms. “We have to focus on the most severe cases at this point but more tests are on the way,” says regional health ministry director David Ordóñez.

Several health experts, including Quito epidemiologist Alfredo Bruno, say that the actual total of virus cases in the country is at least 10 times more than those confirmed.

The government announced another day of rising virus case counts Wednesday, with the total of confirmed cases now standing at 1211. Guayas Province has almost 75 percent of the total with 885, followed by Pichincha at 108, Los Ríos at 40, Manabí at 38 and Azuay at 31. Of Cuenca’s 29 cases, six are hospitalized.

Virus update

Extra controls placed on Guayas Province
With more than 3,500 police and military personnel patrolling streets and manning roadblocks, the government is putting special emphasis on Guayaquil and Guayas Province to stop the coronavirus spread. “Guayas is the epicenter of the virus in Ecuador and this is where we are concentrating our efforts,” says Risk Management Office Director Alexandra Ocles. “We are checking more vehicles and stopping more people on the streets there than in any other community in the country.”

On Wednesday, new road checks were established throughout the province and police began sweeps of several neighborhoods after the new 2 p.m. curferw went into effect. At midnight, police reported more than 80 arrests. “We are sending out a clear message that no one is to be on the street during curfew and that only those with legitimate business should be out during the morning,” said National Police commander Tanya Varela.

Police relocate the homeless in Cuenca, are pleased with curfew compliance
Police have stepped up efforts at city markets, parks and on river banks to locate homeless people and take them to two designated shelters. A sweep of the massive Feria Libre market on Av. Las Americas Wednesday netted half a dozens alcoholics that health officials say are at high risk for contracting and spreading the coronavirus. In addition, police picked up 17 homeless people who had been living outdoors, most of them Venezuelan and Colombian refugees.

Fire department paramedics assisted several homeless men near Feria Libre Wednesday afternoon, mending wounds suffered in falls and fights. “We need to keep these people healthy and get them off the streets,” said a police officer directing efforts at the market. Police worked in coordination with the provincial governor’s office and the Catholic Archdiocese of Cuenca in distributing food to some of the homeless.

In a 10 p.m. Tweet, the regional police command said it was pleased with compliance with the new curfew hours, reporting only a handful of people on the streets.

29 thoughts on “Confirmed virus cases continue to rise; Cuenca police say compliance with new curfew hours is good; Patrols increased in Guayas ‘hotspot’

  1. The numbers are small – very small. On average, over 150,000 people die each day in the world. Over 1800 people die every day in Italy, and over 424 people die each day in Ecuador.

    But at my age I don’t want Corona-virus or any other illness.

    1. But the virus is just ramping up. I’m thinking it’s best to wait until a year of statistics have been compiled before comparing this virus to other causes of death.

    2. this is for the virus that is an infectious disease spreading and growing – statistically correct, but, the elderly and vulnerable are at risk. in the USA Cases in NYC are doubling every 3 days and the USA Is predicted to be the epicenter in the world largely due to governmental mismanagement and carelessness

  2. Re: Emerging virus cases continue to rise. So, what does this mean? Is there some context to the global lockdown, complete destruction of the economy, dramatic increase in starvation, hopelessness, and the permanent introduction of social distancing as part of the way we interact moving forward? Let’s put the current response in context shall we.

    According to Johns Hopkins University, the total number of fatalities due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has reached the 21,000-mark as of today. Hard to know what that means unless we compare that to something. According to the CDC, the Global annual flu deaths in 2016, high estimate, was 646,000 people, most from what they call “complications”. That is 30 x the current death rate of the CoVid-19. A better way to understand the situation is to take the average death rate per day of the flu and compare it to CoVid-19. We are 85 days into 2020 as of today. We have been told that CoVid-19 has been responsible for 247 deaths a day. By contrast, In 2016, the average number of people that died from the flu, per day was 1770. Again, just trying to put the current hysteria, loss of rights, loss of liberty, loss of work, loss of income, in perspective.

    Even more interesting is that in 2016, according to the World Health Organization, 15.2 million deaths were recorded from heart disease and stroke. Just to put this in perspective. If we divided this by the number of days in a year that is 41,643 people a day that died of hearts disease or stroke. That is more than double to total number of deaths from CoVid-19 since the plandemic started… per day.

    CoVid-19 flu is currently killing around 247 people (and growing) per day, compared to 41,643 people a day from heart disease and stroke (in 2016). Now, my question is not about whether we should be concerned about catching the flu. We should do everything we can in community to protect the most vulnerable. My question is whether there is sufficient justification to plunge the world into a depression, put hundreds of millions if not billions out of work, millions of businesses going bankrupt, dramatic increases in poverty and as a result dramatic increases in death. Then, on top of that, circumvent the constitution, the very law that countries have in place so that the population is protected from tyrannical government. Right now, we are seeing the removal of protections, and the introduction of draconian measures to divide us and devastate our way of life. Is this really a responsible reaction to CoVid-19? Why did we not panic about the death rates of other killers that were thousands and thousands of times deadlier? Why are we so willing to believe people in authority that lie to us and then abdicate what protections we still have left? Is it time yet to start questioning whether what is happening is the best course of action for us in the long-run?

      1. You really believe the statistics of a government website AND the WHO? I am sure you also believe snope and wikipedia. Ha!

        1. I was just reading some very intelligent comments… and then I came to you Chico baby. You do not disappoint as usual.

      2. Potential False-Positive Rate Among the ‘Asymptomatic Infected Individuals’ in Close Contacts of COVID-19 Patients. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih

        The Italian government health agency says that 99% of those who died from the Corona Virus had other life-threatening illnesses. This now raises serious doubts about the accuracy of COVID-19 testing methods, results, mortality rates, and the supposedly unique and extreme lethality of this virus. This is now including mainstream media and government reporting.

        In the Wall Street Journal article titled, “Is the Coronavirus As Deadly as They Say?”, dated March 25th, which states: “Current estimates about the Covid-19 fatality rate may be too high by orders of magnitude.”

        Here’s another example of courageous critical thinking from the UK, where presently they are on near total lockdown.

        “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin

      3. Sorry Vera, but Goodman doesn’t deal in facts and correcting her is an exercise in futility. She will trot out the same lies next time and the same debunked nonsense no matter how many times she is corrected.

    1. correct we have been very negligent attending to the common flu and the needless deaths due to poor public understanding and actions to curtail it. the statistics you provide are very reassuring to the all young healthy people. the overreaction is destroying our right to away of life life of commerce, shopping and gathering freely. the elderly and vulnerable need to self sacrifice and be culled out of our society as unimportant, useless and drag on the economy wite the side benefit that we will decrease Soial Security costs. the individual is unimportant to the whole of our Mall culture of buying and selling things. And,also, we need to keep the stock market supported to the 10% that benefit by it so the rest of us can get the the trickle down. this is all so clearly lives. in times of war we need to have the courage to bury our dead without remorse. we socially active healthy and young can not be imprisoned to the true statistical facts of the matter. we will not be silenced by bleeding heart liberals and will not be forced to stop spreading any disease we choose. it is either the economy or health ….. there is NO other alternative – i call for a war on the expendables to have my economy back NOW!

      1. “We should do everything we can in community to protect the most vulnerable”. This is what I said above and I stand by that. Wiping out the economy, creating worldwide poverty, getting everyone to a place where they can neither work, nor eat… last time I checked, is not protecting the most vulnerable in our community.

    2. I find it odd that some senior citizens act like the option is between “save the elderly and have the economy collapse” or “act like nothing is going on and let the virus wipe out the elderly and that this virus is going to “solve” the social security/pension issue”. If anything the economic collapse will do away will all funds (or the value of the funds) that were available for pensions/social security. The virus response is not going to “help” anyone, especially if you live off social security or pensions. Every major central bank in the world has literally said “there is no limit to the amount of money we can print”. That $1200 social security check is about to meet inflation in a whole new way…. Even though the “debt/consumer” based system is definitely outdated and a house of cards waiting to collapse regardless (esp. when you consider that the global banking system has 250 trillion in debt/liability and only 10 trillion in capital reserves) this virus and the “response” is not going to benefit anyone of any age. Looking at the number of deaths as the measurement of success or failure of any response, i would be surprised if the economic implications and future scarcity or access to essential items (food, medicine, etc.) don’t result in more deaths than the virus would but considering the vulnerability of the current system it was going to happen sooner or later. The response to this virus will definitely speed up the process.

    3. Yes it is a responsible reaction. CoVid-19 is the most transmittal virus they have ever studied. Healthy people are getting sick from this virus. It would be a mistake to stop social isolating. The only way to control this virus is an aggressive universal quarantine. The sooner we do that the faster we get to the other side.
      It is not a good idea to minimize the danger of this virus.

    4. I agree with your numbers for the most part. However, you are making the assumption that humans act rationally. Novel dangers are more frightening to people than dangers they have lived with. The over-reaction is worldwide and not the result of a particular government’s reaction but reflects a cognitive bias shared by humans worldwide. The over-reaction of governments is understandable in a democratic world since the government will react in a way that people want. We need to feel some control over the virus even if we don’t have any. If the world governments didn’t respond we might see worldwide panic and rebellion disrupting the world economy even more.

  3. The World Health Organization’s experts have said that sheltering in place and social distancing are not enough to defeat the coronavirus. Those who have contracted the virus must be identified and quarantined. This can only be done through extensive testing. Every person that an infected person has contacted must also be identified and tested. The WHO warns that if those who are infected are not identified, the coronavirus will probably spike again when shelter in place orders are lifted. There must be extensive testing to identify who actually has the virus and those people must be quarantined, if most people are to avoid contracting this virus.

    1. The emerging evidence-based science around the testing of COVID-19 in China is showing that the false positive rate for what are considered the best test currently available for Corona virus is 50% or higher. So, if this research is to be believed, then we should have a very different view of the current infection rate. This would actually make the COVID-19 a mild flu in comparison to other flu’s we encounter every year. Potential False-Positive Rate Among the ‘Asymptomatic Infected Individuals’ in Close Contacts of COVID-19 Patients.

      The Italian government health agency says that 99% of those who died from the Corona Virus had other life-threatening illnesses. This now raises serious doubts about the accuracy of COVID-19 testing methods, results, mortality rates, and the supposedly unique and extreme lethality of this virus. This is now including mainstream media and government reporting.

      My question about this plandemic (look-up Event 201 pandemic exercise) is simple: is this really about containing a “contagious virus” or is it about causing hundreds of millions of people to have their businesses go bankrupt and have no way to make money to feed themselves and their families. It this really a better alternative then to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable in our community and protect them from CoVid-19? Is it worth it to lose all our rights so that we flatten the curve on the flu? For me, I would rather deal with a cold or flu than have all my human rights taken away.

      I suggest that everyone start questioning the current mainstream discourse before you are not allowed to anymore, and the infrastructure that is currently in place and that supports your lifestyle is left in ruins – not unlike your rights and freedoms.

      1. Your assumptions are all FALSE considering that the health system will be soon (or is already in NY) overloaded and people cannot be treated any more. In that case, MILLIONS WILL DIE and there is no economy anymore!

  4. By the way, the US overtook Italy in the number of active cases yesterday and will surpass Italy and in a few days China in the number of total cases! The numbers are exploding exponentially!

  5. The 2010 report, entitled, “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development,” outlines several possible future global scenarios, including a “Lock Step” vision in which a “new influenza strain… infects nearly 20 percent of the global population… killing 8 million in just seven months. The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains,” the scenario continues, describing almost the exact events of 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. “Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.” The report, produced by the Rockefeller Foundation in collaboration with the Global Business Network. Mandatory quarantines were also a key feature in the fictional scenario dreamt up by the globalist think tank.

    You can download and read the document here:

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