Ecuador registers 226.866 cases of COVID-19 and 14.273 deaths

Ecuador reports 864 new infections and 27 more deaths in the last 24 hours. This Friday, January 15, 2021, the country has a total of 226.866 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14.273 deaths due to the pandemic.

According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, 9.669 people died with a positive diagnosis and 4.604 died with suspicion of carrying the respiratory virus.

10 months after the start of the pandemic, 801.410 PCR tests have been taken in the country, of which there are about 49,000 dammed tests.

Hospital occupancy reaches record levels since the beginning of the pandemic. This Friday, there are 659 stable hospitalized. While 452 are with a reserved forecast. The number of patients in beds in Intensive Care Units has increased in recent weeks.

According to the Minister of Health, Juan Carlos Zevallos, Pichincha is 95.7% occupied in ICU, Guayas is 95.6%; Azuay by 93.3%. Imbabura and El Oro are at 100% capacity; in other words, there is no more space to attend to people who require intensive therapy.

Since March of the previous year, the country reports a total of 193,581 recovered patients, which represents 87.85% of the total infections. The indicator is updated every week and the average of recoveries has decreased.

This Monday, January 18, the first doses of the 86.000 announced by government authorities are expected to arrive in Ecuador. There will be 43 thousand Ecuadorians, from Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca and Azogues, the first to receive the vaccine. In this first phase, the doses will be applied to health personnel and geriatric centers.

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