World: Coronavirus in Ecuador: this is how the first day was lived without the status of ex

Quito. [EFE]. This Monday entered a new regulatory order in the fight against COVID-19, in which the imposition of restrictions falls on local governments, while the productive sectors demand fewer obstacles to their efforts to reactivate the economy.

Ecuador has spent the last six months under a state of exception decreed by the president Lenin Moreno, a measure that by law cannot be renewed, so the curfew and the prohibition of private parties are eliminated, among others.

Starting today, local governments must take care of mobility restriction issues, which, for the moment, is based on the circulation of motor vehicles depending on the last digit of the plate between even and odd numbers.

Despite the regulations, this Monday there was heavy traffic entering Quito from one of the valleys, although 70% of the population in the city mobilizes by public transport, according to Mayor Jorge Yunda.

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In the capital, several public transport buses could be seen today, some of them with full capacity and even with passengers traveling standing still, despite the express ban.

In some public institutions there was more presence of employees, as well as citizens to carry out different procedures.

Coronavirus on the rise

With about 119,000 positives from COVID-19 and almost 11,000 deaths -between confirmed and probable due to the disease-, Ecuador faces a new routine this Monday in which the Government has asked the population to strictly maintain social distancing, the use of masks and hand washing, as well as avoiding agglomerations.

And although state control measures are undermined by the elimination of the state of exception, social groups such as indigenous people have decided to maintain their controls to prevent the spread of the virus that has affected nearly 3,000 members of their communities, according to an elaborate count. by various organizations, which number 92 deaths in the context of the pandemic.

For this reason, organizations such as the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie) have arranged that in the territories of the communes, communities, peoples and nationalities “prevention standards, biosafety and control protocols are strictly maintained”.

In addition, that they adapt progressively, according to the specific realities of each territory, to productive activities without neglecting community health.

“For indigenous peoples, life is above capital, we are aware of the economic blow that the phases of confinement, distancing meant”, pointed out the Conaie, which emphasizes that now the economy must rise.

Figures “chilling”

The country’s economic difficulties in 2019 deepened with the coronavirus and so far this year they have been lost “more than 20,000 million dollars nationwide in sales”Carlos Zaldumbide, executive director of the Quito Chamber of Commerce, told Efe.

“More than 300,000 people have ceased to belong to the formal employment sector. The national unemployment figures from January to July of this year are above 13.5%, adequate employment is barely 16.7% “, said.

In Quito “These figures are even more chilling: we have more than 100,000 jobs lost and close to 10,000 million dollars lost to date,” he commented, recalling that economic experts speak “of a decrease in 2020 for the country’s economy between 9% and 10% “.

This generates contraction in the entire commercial and productive sector, which, in addition, causes sources of insecurity, he added, defending that at present stability and fewer restrictions on mobility issues are required.

“We need this last quarter to maintain certain rules so that, with that certainty, we can focus on the productivity, efficiency and competitiveness of businesses”, in order to keep jobs, he said.


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