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Cuenca stays yellow, tells young people to ‘cool it’; Gas prices increase; Local governments demand payment; Nebot releases referendum

The Cuenca Emergency Operations Committee decided Friday to maintain the city’s yellow light health emergency status. The COE said it remained “extremely concerned” about the health care system’s ability to handle Covid-19 cases but said the addition of extra ventilators at the public hospitals has eased immediate pressure.

The Cuenca COE cited the lack of social distancing in city markets as one of the reasons for the increase in Covd-19 cases.

In its written report, the COE blamed the increase of Covid cases on violations of social distancing and other biosecurity measures by the population, particularly young people who gather in large groups to drink or engage in sports. “We appeal to the young of Cuenca to modify their behavior for the benefit of the community,” the report said, adding that policing efforts would increase.

The report also cited “careless behavior” at city markets, especially “cases of close contact and not wearing face masks,” and said attention must be given to social distancing rules on public buses and the tram.

The COE has not received a response to Monday’s request to the national COE to allow it to begin the nightly curfew at 7 p.m. instead of 11 p.m., to reduce the size of public gatherings and to ban the nighttime sale of liquor. Local restaurant owners had objected to the request and petitioned the government to maintain the 11 p.m. curfew, claiming it would devastate business to return to the earlier time.

On Wednesday, the national COE rejected a request by the Loja canton to allow a 7 p.m. curfew and to ban liquor sales.

Mayors and prefects protest non-payment by national government
More than 50 mayors and prefects signed a petition demanding that the national government pay its debt to local governments. Pichincha Prefect Paola Pabón, who has gone to court in an effort to collect payment, claims Quito owes more than $400 million to cantons and prefecturas and is three months in arrears. She says local officials are being forced to take out bank loans to cover operational expenses. The national government does not dispute that it owes the money and says it will pay as soon as possible.

Fuel prices go up Saturday
The cost of gasoline and diesel will increase by five to nine cents a gallon on Saturday, July 11. The government says the increase is based on international prices that have risen in recent weeks. Director of the Agency of Regulation and Control, José Franco, says that the increase is within the five percent adjustment limit established by the government in March and says he expects further monthly upward adjustments as the petroleum market improves.

Nebot referendum questions released
A group led by former Guayaquil mayor Jaime Nebot has released the questions it plans to include on a national referendum to voters. Called the “Movement for National Responsibility,” the group wants constitutional amendments for the following: that the national government make full and timely payments to the Social Security and public health care system; that the national government make full and timely payments to local governments; that the government develop environmental protocols for mining and oil exploration; that those who murder or sexually assault minors receive a minimum prison sentence of 50 years; that the national government make full and timely payments to public universities and respect the constitutional guarantee against budget reductions; that the national budget cover all state expenses without resorting to borrowing. The questions will be submitted to the Constitutional Court for legal review.

16 thoughts on “Cuenca stays yellow, tells young people to ‘cool it’; Gas prices increase; Local governments demand payment; Nebot releases referendum

  1. Sr. Nebot You left out what I and millions of Ecuador people feel that the root cause of so many of the problems is widespread corruption from top down. When it happens at top it deprive the common people of so much in services .Perhaps it will be well advised to give out just as hard prison time for the crimes against the people when massive amount of money is stolen . This money belongs to people and it should be treated as stolen from people / Crimes against people of Ecuador must fit the Punishments handed out .

    1. Nice sentiment… but you seem to forget that you are not the Boss; you do not make any decisions, nor do you have any say in enforcing them. You are not the master, you are the slave. Regardless of the feel-good rhetoric, that is the truth; that is the reality.
      It’s very disorienting to wake up to the truth. But it’s important to see clearly and straight if you want to eventually come to see real solutions.

    2. and FIRST, the money and all assets of criminals should be repaid, even if hidden abroad…i kno…good luck! who cares if they go to prison, if they can get out and live like a swine…and who pays for prison!BTW!?”?

  2. “We appeal to the young of Cuenca to modify their behavior for the benefit of the community,”
    The biggest benefit to the community would be to let these people go back to work. Wake up sheeple, this is the biggest worldwide hoax ever perpetrated on the planet, right up there with “Manmade” global warming, yet most of you will continue to bow down to the idiots making these stupid policies and watching CNN treating their garbage like it was gospel.

    1. Correct. The biggest tip-off came within the first week of the Lysol virus. Think about it: a South American gov’t tells its people, “we care about you, so we’re locking you down.” The mere fact that any SA gubbermint tells its citizens that it cares about them, or about anything, for that matter, should have been reason enough to disbelieve them. “We care about your health.” That’s pretty funny.
      The history of SA has been replete with govt’s inflicting numerous horrors on its citizens, but now, “we care for you.” Such baloney.
      As an aside, Joe-Joe Biden has promised to lock down the US, for as long as 6 months, because, he too, “loves us.”
      The Oil Crisis of 1973 was manufactured to establish the petrodollar as the world’s reserve currency, after Nixon took us off the gold standard in 1971. People were fined for filling up their tanks on the wrong day. We were warned of horrible shortages in the future, then, after Kissinger got the world on board with the petrodollar, the crisis went away in a week. Is this Lysol virus any different? No.

      1. We could listen to health experts and scientists around the world, and their consensus on the pandemic, or we could listen to internet crackpots like Hiram Fong who think it’s somehow a vast global conspiracy.

        I know who I’m listening to.

        1. KingM – Of course you will continue listening and obeying. To do so feeds your internal ego structure. You not only convince yourself you are safe, you also can feel good about being a good little boy and obeying your surrogate parents. And of course you’ve got all your same-think compatriots in Cuenca. So, good luck!

      2. You are aware that this is a WORLD WIDE pandemic. Aren’t you??
        Nope I dont think you do because you insist week after week that there is a South American government conspiracy.
        When we respond to your rants and explain to you and the naysayers that the epidemiologist of the world recommend how to handle this crisis it is almost as if you do not hear it. Or you are not listening.

      3. Covid-19 didn’t go away in a week. The oil crisis didn’t force anyone to bury a loved one. Do you really want to compare the two???

    2. It’s just a mask.
      It’s just six feet.
      It’s just two weeks.
      It’s just non-essential businesses.
      It’s just non-essential workers.
      It’s just a bar.
      It’s just a restaurant.
      It’s just to keep from overwhelming the hospitals.
      It’s just until the cases go down.
      It’s just to flatten the curve.
      It’s just to keep others from being scared.
      It’s just for a few more weeks.
      It’s just until we get a vaccine.
      It’s just a bracelet.
      It’s just an app.
      It’s just for tracing.
      It’s just to let people know you’re safe to be around.
      It’s just to let others know who you’ve been in contact with.
      It’s just a few more months.
      It’s just for protecting others from hate speech.
      It’s just for protecting others from hurt feelings.
      It’s just a large gathering but for protests.
      It’s just a few violent protests.
      It’s just a little micro chip.
      It’s just a blood test.
      It’s just a test.
      It’s just a scan.
      It’s just for medical information.
      It’s just to store a vaccination certificate.
      It’s just like a credit card.
      It’s just a few places that don’t take cash.
      It’s just so you can travel.
      It’s just so you can get your driver’s license.
      It’s just so you can vote.
      It’s just mail-in voting.
      It’s just a few more years.
      It’s just a piece of cloth.
      It’s just a flag.
      It’s just a religion.
      It’s just a holiday.
      It’s just your freedoms…gone forever.
      And “It’s just” the way they planned it.
      It’s NOT just a mask”.

      1. Outstanding, Chiconahui! Written in the manner you have done, it makes many things clear that the average person’s consciousness would simply gloss over. It demonstrates a key facet of the psy-ops occurring around us every day.
        Those of us who dive deep into the psychology of events quickly learn and come to understand. You now can see straight and see through. THe blinders have been pulled off your head.
        The rest? Well, they continue to blindly follow orders. Indeed, many of them, such as those on CHL chatboards, and proud to declare their docility.
        It’s just the loss of a little bit of freedom… temporarily, of course. Nothing to worry about. And BTW, put your mask back on. 😉

      2. So exactly what would you do, under the circumstances. A lot of Monday morning quarterbacking by people that don’t know squat. If you can do better run for elections.

  3. This article has brought out all of the TROLLS that normally post here, including Fong. I would sincerely love to meet you all, but then you’d know who I am and you would have no choice but to speak in person, rather than post TROLLSHIT and hide behind your anonymity. I’d suggest that you move back to the states if you don’t approve of Ecuador, but I know most of you have alienated anyone there, so you’ve no choice but to stay here and be miserable TROLLS.

  4. I do know some wise person said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Even though it was made in reference to fire safety it applies here.

    I am not sure whether I believe you or if I think you are just parroting what the political party would like for you to repeat.

    So, on that note, I think I will think for myself instead of placing value on what you “THINK” is true.

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