“I signed Decree 1,282 declaring the State of Exception for 30 days in the provinces of Pichincha, Guayas, Manabí, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo, El Oro and Esmeraldas, with a curfew from April 2 to 9,” published the president in Twitter, where he attached the respective decree.
There will be nine hours of restricted night mobility in these territories, where about 12 million Ecuadorians live.
In exceptional situations, the Executive Branch may, as long as within constitutional limits, take actions that limit the freedom of citizens, such as the obligation to reside in a specific location, search and seizure at home, suspension of freedom of assembly and association and the censorship of correspondence.
A day earlier, on Wednesday (31), Vice President María Alejandra Muñoz had said that the government was studying increasing mobility restrictions with curfews to curb coronavirus infections.
She also stated that the restrictions will not alter “under any circumstances the electoral process”, scheduled for April 11, when the vote will be taken to elect the successor of President Lenín Moreno.
In the fourth, Ecuador recorded 330,388 cases of covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, including 16,877 deaths.
The port of Guayaquil, in the southwest of the country, with 2.7 million inhabitants, one of the first outbreaks of the pandemic in Latin America, decided, among other measures, to ban the nightly circulation of vehicles for 10 hours. There, cases of covid-19 increased 15% in March compared to February, according to official data. A year ago, at the worst of the pandemic, its health and funeral system collapsed.
The capital Quito, with the highest number of positive cases for the disease – over 106 thousand -, maintains restrictions on vehicle traffic during the day. And before the Easter holiday, other Ecuadorian municipalities agreed to close the beaches to prevent a new wave of Covid-19.
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