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VP explains new curfew hours, More younger people infected, Moreno blasts Guayaquil behavior, Supermarkets announce new hours

Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner responded to complaints Tuesday night about the extension of the national curfew, which begins today at 2 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. “Many people tell me that concentrating food shopping into fewer hours increases the transmission risk of Covid-19,” he said. “I understand the concern but it is incorrect.”

Socially-distanced customers at the Don Bosco Supermaxi wait their turn to enter the store on Monday.

According to Sonnenholzner, almost 90 percent of shopping under the old curfew was conducted between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. based on information provided by the stores. “The change will have little impact on the overall concentration of people, and it may actually decrease because food outlets [including Tia, Supermaxi, Coral and SuperAki] have agreed to open earlier.”

The vice president added that food shopping is not the only reason people leave their homes during non-curfew hours. “In fact, a minority of people on the streets are actually shopping for food. Many have no legitimate reason to be out but it is difficult to police their purposes, so the new curfew hours increase public protection. It is much easier for authorities to enforce the curfew than the time in which people can be away from their homes for a variety of reasons, both allowed and not.”

Sonnenholzner also said that the health emergency rules that Ecuador has adopted are not arbitrary but based on scientific reseach. “We are following the guidelines of the CDC and WHO [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization] in all our planning.

More younger people are being infected
Ecuador is reinforcing a recent trend in Covid-19 cases with a higher number of younger victims. The World Health Organzation says that reports from Italy, Spain, France and the U.S. indicate that infection is becoming more common in adults aged 30 to 65. Some researchers believe a mutation in the virus is responsible. In Ecuador, 44 percent of all virus deaths are of those aged 54 to 64, according the risk management office.

President blasts ‘selfish behavior’ in Guayaquil
“People in some areas are ignoring government rules and endangering the health of those who obey the law,” President Lenin Moreno said Tuesday. Specifically, he pointed to Guayas Province, where large groups of people are still seen on the streets and other public areas, many of them sharing drinks and food. “Guayas is a hotspot for the coronavirus and it will get even hotter if citizens do not follow the rules,” he said, announcing the deployment of more military personnel to assist with enforcing stay-at-home orders.

As of Tuesday night, 844 of Ecuador’s 1,116 confirmed Covid-19 cases were in Guayas Province.

Supermarkets adjust hours for curfew
Ecuador supermarket chains have announced earlier opening hours in response to new curfew hours that now begin at 2 in the afternoon. Tía says it will be open from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m while Supermaxi, Megamaxi and Coral will open from 8 a.m. to 12:30  p.m. The stores they will adjust their hours as needed.

Seniors allowed to shop in Guayaquil markets
The city of Guayaquil has made an exception to its ban on senior citizens in public markets. Under an order signed by Mayor Cynthia Viteri, the elderly are allowed to shop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. The mayor said the change was made because of the large number of people over the age of 65 who do not have relatives to shop for them.

62 thoughts on “VP explains new curfew hours, More younger people infected, Moreno blasts Guayaquil behavior, Supermarkets announce new hours

  1. Just wondering if these younger people are becoming infected because their lungs have been compromised by smoking MJ, crack, and who knows what else?

    1. And tobacco. Many seniors have the preexisting condition of having smoked for 40 years.

      1. Anybody that still smokes in this day and age is simply stupid. Yes, I know they are addicted, but making excuses is just lame.

    2. Lori, I have a feeling that is why more older folks are at risk. Many years of smoking who knows what.

    3. In that case, they would have been victims from the beginning. The explanation that the virus has mutated is much more logical.

  2. I’m getting to be like Cynthia more today as she does have some ‘common sense’. Duh, not all of us over 65 have rellies to shop for us. Think about that, Otto…

    1. I wish they would allow seniors to shop when the stores first open. That would be when the stores would be the cleanest. If only seniors could shop, there would also be less exposure. It would be great if the Cuenca mayor would allow this.

  3. It’s good to see Cynthia out and about. Just last week, she tested positive for the Lysol virus. I dispatched one of my emissaries to her home with a can of Lysol, and now she’s fine. I like Cynthia, and I’m happy to see her back at work. G is a big city; the Mayor’s job is a tough one.

  4. Good explanation about the shorter shopping hours. I guess Ecuadorians had as many questions about this as the gringos.

  5. Does the government really think that extending curfew throughout the remainder of the country will stop the spread in Guayaquil? There’s something called the 80/20 Rule where if you focus on where the problem is you get better results for your efforts.
    If you want to shorten the hours, why not cut it from the early morning instead of the afternoon. Its much more inconvenient for people to be walking around in the dark at 5 AM than 5PM when its bright and sunny. If the problem is in Guayaquil, why not block travel to/from Guayaquil and just extend curfews there???
    Since we have more time on our hands inside, you might want to check this one out. For another viewpoint on the coronavirus.

    1. David Icke is a totally discredited fool, known for promulgating ridiculous conspiracy theories. You presenting a link to his nonsense makes you a complicit spreader of that nonsense.

      1. I am sure that you have not studied what Mr. Icke has said over the years!! Who has discredited him? It is you who are an ignorant fool and who should stop spreading your uneducated dribble!!

    2. Thanks TruthToPower for the link to London Real. What a great interview. One of the clearest thinkers I have come across recently. I did not realise that this Icke guy had predicted hundreds of events before they happened… including the current “plandemic”. Intelligent, rational, well researched. I am now going to look into more of what he has to say. Especially when trolls are telling me not to look there…

      1. No Problem, David gives great insight and he is well researched and even if you don’t agree, it gives another perspective to think about.

  6. The same thought process of the mental midgets who blessed us with daylight savings time has now decreed that shifting the operating hours of grocery stores will save lives.

    Has the public finally become so dumbed down that no one questions this insanity anymore?

    George Orwell’s 1984 and Idiocracy have arrived.

    1. If you are so fed up you should go back to where you came from. No place is perfect but at least the president of Ecuador is taking this seriously, more so than Trump, who’d rather let people die than see the economy falter

      1. If you are so fed up you should go back to where you came from.

        Funny, that’s what they told me back in Das Vaterland, meine schatzi.

        Regarding Trump, if I wrote what I truly think of The Stable Genius CHL wouldn’t print this so let me be polite by just saying I don’t think he has the brains to be the Mayberry RFD street sweeper; however, I will agree with him that the nation needs to get back to work sooner rather than later. You can’t dole out trillions upon trillions of helicopter money to chase fewer and fewer goods and think you’re fixing things– that’s a sure recipe for a dose of some really unpleasant economic realities.

      2. I don’t think that is true. Please consider that poverty and stress and unemployment are also risks to health.

  7. My honorary Ecuadorian grandson, a law school student, went to get groceries yesterday, & physician prescribed skin cream. He was threatened with a machete wielding military guy drunk on power at the checkpoint. The other military guy asked my grandson if he had videoed the behavior & was apologetic about it. Thank the Lord! We live out in the boonies & know the nearest town is having supply problems, so thought it best, since I have a car, to go to SuperM & the farmacia next door, leaving the local stores’ supplies for others. It was a stressful day waiting for his return. What a blessing my grandson is, & also his novia. I wish everyone had what I have!

  8. “Many have no legitimate reason to be out but it is difficult to police their purposes, so the new curfew hours increase public protection. It is much easier for authorities to enforce the curfew than the time in which people can be away from their homes for a variety of reasons, both allowed and not.”

    So here is your classic description of a dictatorship, which Ecuador has now become under Moreno. Can’t the people see what is really going on here? Just two weeks ago, the news ran that a new protest was brewing over the new austerity measures Moreno was getting ready to introduce. What better way to quash political dissent than to implement a police state and martial law under the guise of a coronavirus threat?

    What medical justification does Moreno have for reducing the existing curfew from 7PM to 2PM on an indefinite basis? Absolutely none. This is the action of a dictator no different from that of Maduro in Venezuela or Ortegega in Nicaragua with a people kowtowed by a virus that has less impact upon the populace than the seasonal flu, traffic accidents and other illnesses we live with on a daily basis.

    Buen día, Ecuador, you can say a permanent “goodbye” to your civil liberties!

    1. Scaring people into believing that this is being implemented because of dictatorship and comparing Moreno to Venezuela shows lack of common sense. THIS IS A VIRUS PANDEMIC. These measures are being implemented to keep everyone apart and prevent more exposure and more people getting sick. CAN YOU NOT WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THAT SIMPLE CONCEPT. Canada Europe and many democratic countries are implementing similar restricting measures. Scaring and therefore panicking people unnecessarily is low thing to do. The virus is spreading everywhere in the world. Clearly the message is to self isolate and stay 6 feet away from other people.

      1. CAN YOU NOT WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND THIS SIMPLE CONCEPT? That leaders like Moreno are taking advantage of this crisis to implement their own austerity measures that only two weeks ago the indigenous groups of Ecuador had been planning massive protests against? Or do you not read and simply acquiesce to BLIND OBEDIENCE and willingly surrender your civil liberties without a shred of evidence that moving the curfew from 7PM to 2PM is actually going to accomplish anything with regard to the propagation of this virus, which is actually only propagating among those already in special quarantine?

        1. Dear Mystical Rose Circumstances have now changed and the austerity measures argument must be put on the shelf. Sorry. Moreno didn’t cause it. It’s just how it is. Adults realize that, however unpleasant things are, sometimes they are necessary

          And, no, the virus is NOT only propagating in those already in special quarantine. Ready the scientific literature. The latest paper I ready was on the fact that viral particles were found to be active on surfaces 17 days after the Carnival Cruise ship was vacated. That’s right 17 DAYS. And there are also scientific papers on aerosol spread.

    2. These are not Ecuador or Moreno policies, they are in effect in most countries in the world affected by the virus, including the US. Yes, some civil liberties are suspended during natural disasters, epidemics and wars for the simple reason that some people are not capable of acting responsibly. In Ecuador, there were no protests brewing — if you had kept up with the news you would have realized that the indigenous could not agree among themselves and the plan for protests was shelved long before the state of emergency was declared. A little and study might serve you well, as would a basic grasp of Spanish.

      1. I talked to my brother, there are suggestions in the US to social distance, some businesses have been closed, but 15 hour curfews are rare.

    3. Now would be a good time to get rid of gas subsidies. Crude prices have dropped, and the country is getting less money from oil, also with prices cut in half almost, the prices are less than they were before the oil wars began 2 weeks ago.
      Ecuador seems to be following the U.S. which got rid of civil liberties after CIA sponsored 911 attacks. We should have some rights for the next 10 years or so because of the time lag.

  9. Wondering who wants or needs to be out at 5am? Seems like 8am – 4pm would serve more people better.

  10. We have the opposite problem here in Gualaceo. There is no way to get into the town to purchase food and medicine, but the local government is simply “closed” until … they say Friday? We have no idea if the supermarket is even open as they don’t answer the phone. We had a big order to the supermarket yesterday but they said they had not transportation to bring it the 3 Kilometers to our home. If you don’t want people to panic, make sure they can purchase food while we are quarantined. Is there a food shortage in the country or not?

  11. I just got finished reading 35 responses to the above article. There are a few exceptions, but the majority of comments are rude, crude, nasty, obnoxious, mean-spirited, stupid, and ignorant. The fighting and name calling is mind boggling What a bunch of losers.

    1. Sometimes moral superiority hypocrisy is subtle and nuanced. Sometimes it’s less thinly veiled. And sometimes–as in this case–it literally screams at you and grabs you by the throat.

      “…the name calling is mind boggling. What a bunch of losers”?

      C’mon Mikey. You could have at least tried to make the pot/kettle aphorism a little less obvious.

  12. It makes me wonder why so many people are sheeples. If you study and educate yourselves you should come up with rationality and common sense. The whole world is basically shutting down over a so called deadly virus whose death rate will never reach the 1.35 million people who die yearly around the world from auto accidents and 40, 000 who die yearly in the US. So should we not quarantine autos or outlaw them? How about the 55000 US people who die every year from heart disease alone not counting stroke or diabetes. Two years ago the US seasonal flu killed 60000 people and where was the quarantine or draconian measures we see today? As for the increasing mortality rate in younger people,did they have complicating medical conditions?? How many of the so called positive cases were really C Virus being that the most commonly used test called PCR has an 80% false positive result? The stats from Italy reveals that only 0.8% of those who died did not have an existing medical condition or poor life style. The rest has anywhere from 1 to 3 medical conditions which would account for their high mortality rate. There is something here that does not compute. What is the agenda behind this?? I guess we should just bow down to the puppet masters and believe the propaganda!!

    1. Hey Anthony, Thank you for your posting. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It does make a difference for those of us who question authority and who need to be more vocal right now. A mentor of mine once said there are two types of people. Those who question authority and those who question people who question authority. It is clear that the corrupt politicians and corporate leaders must be very happy with how the “plandemic” is going. Some, have also done very well financially.

      Everyone was confused when Jeff Bezos, CEO of dumped $4 billion in Amazon stock in early February. We were also confused why a large number of US elected officials and other CEO’s dumped stock at the same time. It is less confusing now that the stock market has crashed and no one in the world is allowed to work. How did Bezos and various government officials around the world know about the catastrophic collapse of the world economy ahead of the actual crash, way ahead of the UN calling CoVid-19 a pandemic? It is an Interesting correlation to a massive number of shorts put on airlines stock just before 9-11.

      1. Scaring people into believing that there is a conspiracy is a good way to get people all lathered up and panicky. This is a world wide virus pandemic and has NOTHING to do with governments being too authoritative. The isolating and quarantines are for our own safety. There are 2 types of people…the ones that take their health seriously and also dont want to infect other people and the other type are people that dont give a sh–t if they infect other people. This pandemic has ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with questioning authority.

        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?

          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.

        2. Even if it is a world wide pandemic that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t propagated in a research facility at WHO or the Gates foundation.

      2. Finally, a breath of fresh air, a moment of reason, a pause for thoughtful analysis of current events, something we used to call “critical thinking,” that rare gem that surfaces from time to time among the moderns.

    2. I suggest you pay more attention to the epidemiologists and medical researchers than to the hunches of laypeople. The scientific models suggest that 40% to 70% of the world’s population will eventually contract the virus before a vaccine is developed and their predictions of the spread, so far, proven uncannily accurate (check out the work of Marc Lipsitch). I’m sure the case could have been made in 1918-1919 that deaths from the Spanish flu (misnamed) were insignificant compared to other causes of death but the disease turned out to have a profound impact nonetheless. I suggest there is something here that you don’t compute. A little reading — not on social media — could prove helpful.

      1. You might pay attention to staistics from an investigative jounalist which is enclosed.

        Corona: the case number game

        this episode of public health bureaucrats go crazy, let’s look at their
        numbers. Let’s accept their reality for the moment—the reality they
        claim to be working from—and trace the implications. Buckle up.

        with Europe and just plain flu. Not COV. According to the World
        Health Organization (WHO) Europe, “During the winter months, influenza
        may infect up to 20% of the population…” That’s ordinary seasonal

        The population of Europe is 741 million people. This works
        out to 148 million cases of ordinary flu. Not once. Every year. EVERY

        According to statista[dot]com, “As of March 23, 2020,
        there have been 170,424 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) across
        the whole of Europe since the first confirmed cases in France on
        January 25.”

        I urge readers to roll those comparative figures
        around in their minds, and realize that ordinary flu has never been
        called a pandemic, and has certainly never resulted in locking down

        If we take the COV Europe numbers I just quoted, which
        cover a period of two months, and multiply by six, to estimate the
        number for a year, we arrive at 1,022,544 cases. Even if you want to
        build up this figure by claiming it’s accelerating, do you really
        believe it’ll reach 148 million for the year, the number of ordinary flu
        cases? And again, 148 million is the estimate for EVERY YEAR. Every
        year—and no mention of a pandemic. No lockdowns.

        Let’s go to
        Italy. According to statista[dot]com, “Italy has the highest amount of
        confirmed [COV] cases in Europe with 59,138…” That’s as of March 23.
        If you multiply by six, to get the annual figure, you arrive at 360,000
        cases. You want to blow that up, because of acceleration? Go ahead.
        How about a million cases for the year? Two million. Three million.

        let’s look at ordinary flu cases for Italy in a given year. According
        to sciencedirect[dot]com, “In the winter seasons from 2013/14 to
        2016/17, an estimated average of 5,290,000 ILI [influenza-like illness]
        cases occurred in Italy, corresponding to an incidence of 9%.” That’s 5
        million plus each year. Not just once. Was a seasonal flu pandemic
        declared in Italy? Ever? Was the whole country ever locked down as a
        result? No.

        Finally, let’s look at figures for ordinary flu, for
        the whole planet. A study published in the journal, Pharmacy and
        Therapeutics, states, “Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory
        illness that is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality.
        Approximately 9% of the world’s population is affected annually, with up
        to 1 billion infections, 3 to 5 million severe cases, and 300,000 to
        500,000 deaths each year.”

        A BILLION cases EVERY YEAR. Is this called a pandemic? Is the whole world locked down every year? No.

        free to track the purported number of COV cases as time passes. As I
        write this, the number is 392,286, and deaths are 17,147. Let me know
        when the COV case number reaches A BILLION for the year and the number
        of deaths passes 300,000. Then keep me posted on how the one billion
        COV cases are repeated EVERY YEAR with at least 300,000 deaths annually.

        And that concludes this episode of public health officials go crazy and wreck economies and lives in the process.

        There should be a tracking “world-o-meter” providing live updates on THOSE figures.



    3. I think our fearless leaders are also curbing auto deaths with the curfew and the odd evens. wondering if the odd even protocols apply to police, doctors, nurses and food delivery?

  13. Wow, conspiracy mixed with mental midgets. At least you are forced to stay in. That’s good for all of us. Grow up, please… And god is not going to protect you this time. Just stay away from me and the ones I love.

    You just can’t seem to fix stupid. Very sad.

    1. Hey George, thanks for you intelligent commentary…

      Conspiracy is really about the planning stage of something. Most of us are only really interested in history… what is or has already taken place. For example, Sayer Ji has raised some important questions about the legality of what is happening in the USA. You should also be concerned.

      “As a constitutional republic, elected officials have an obligation to uphold the civil liberties and constitutional rights of its citizens, as well as the public’s health. These cannot be sacrificed or exchanged for one another.

      Mandatory government quarantines and/or indefinite detainment without due process violates our Constitutionally protected civil liberties. Not only will this order put many thousands out of work, but it violates 1) the Contracts Clause of the Constitution which prohibits the states from interfering with lawful contracts, such as leases and employment agreements. 2) the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the states from interfering with life, liberty or property without a trial at which the state must prove fault. 3) The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment requires just compensation when the state meaningfully interferes with an owner’s chosen lawful use of his property. 4) The protection in the First Amendment of the right to associate and the judicially recognized right to travel – both of which are natural rights. As described by Judge Neopalitano, “Taken together, these clauses reveal the significant protections of private property in the Constitution itself.

      Add to this the threat of punishment that has accompanied these decrees and the fact that they are executive decrees, not legislation, and one can see the paramount rejection of basic democratic and constitutional principles in the minds and words and deeds of those who have perpetrated them.”

      This is what is happening right now George… the planning is over. You have kids or grand kids? You want them to live in a country that ignores the constitution? Where there are no protections, no liberty. That would be very sad.

  14. Following the guidelines of the WHO and CDC neither of them have recommended a 15 hour a day lockdown. In the US people are not locked down, is that because the CDC doesn’t recommend that???
    It seems that VPs in this country either become president or go to prison. I’m wondering to which one Sonnenholzner is going.

  15. Interesting to note that the UK has downgraded Covid19! “And yet, the British government has reclassified Covid-19 as less of a consequence than SARS (total global deaths recorded 774), MERS (total global deaths recorded 600), – along with Avian Influenza H7N9, H5N1, H5N6, and H7N7. Listed as High Consequence Infectious Disease (HCID) is even the Andes Virus Infection (possible one global death) which infected just four people in the UK with no known deaths.”

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