Ecuadorian authorities have ordered that tourists who wish to enter the Galapagos archipelago, located about a thousand kilometers from the continental coasts of the Andean nation, must undergo fourteen days of mandatory isolation on the continent.
“There have been no reported cases of COVID 19 in the Galapagos. We are going to keep our islands free from contagion with protective measures,” the head of state, Lenín Moreno, wrote on his Twitter account this Sunday.
He accompanied his message with the fact that a protocol is established for entering and leaving the Galapagos Islands, the jewel in the crown for tourism in the Andean country.
“Before entering, tourists must remain in mandatory preventive isolation for fourteen days on the continent,” he said, referring to the Galapagos Islands, declared in 1978 a natural heritage of humanity by Unesco.
The National Risk and Emergency Management Service (SNGRE) reported this Sunday that confirmed cases of coronaviruses in Ecuador rose from 28 to 37 (two of them deceased), while 273 remain in an epidemiological fence.
According to the fourth report of that institution, thirty of the infected remain “stable in home isolation” and five are hospitalized: three in “stable” conditions and two with “reserved prognosis.”
According to the most recent SNGRE report, 51 people emerged from the epidemiological fence.
In five of the 24 provinces of Ecuador the infected are registered, being that of Guayas, with 19 cases, the highest, followed by Los Ríos, with 10.
In the province of Pichincha, whose capital is Quito – at the same time the country’s capital – there are six confirmed cases, while in Sucumbíos and Azuay, there is one in each.
Ecuadorian Health Minister Catalina Andramuño spoke on Saturday of the death of the sister of the first coronavirus patient in Ecuador.
“Unfortunately we have to report that the sister of the primary case patient who was also diagnosed with coronavirus has died,” Andramuño said at a press conference.
He added that the patient was “in home isolation for twelve days, with mild symptoms, but after learning of the death of her sister (on Friday), she presents a loss of health,” he said without explaining the health causes of the death of the woman.
Andramuño reported on Friday about the death of the 71-year-old woman who arrived on February 14 from Spain and that became the first case of Covid 19 in Ecuador, as well as the first death.
On the sister of the person listed as the first case, the internist doctor from the Ministry of Public Health, José Vergara, said at a press conference on Saturday that the woman arrived at the health home “in critical condition” and did not respond to the resuscitation measure.
He added without further details: “We have not had time to treat the patient and identify the specific cause of death, this will be known by autopsy.”
However, in its statistics on the coronavirus, the SNGRE mentions two deaths.