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Ecuador's Ministry of Health clarifies that there are 417 medical professionals with coronavirus

2020-04-07T02:15:29.871Z

The Minister of Health of Ecuador, Juan Carlos Zevallos, clarified that the official number of medical professionals who have tested positive for coronavirus is 417 and not 1,600 as this day had said…



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(CNN Spanish) - Through a virtual statement, the Minister of Health of Ecuador, Juan Carlos Zevallos, clarified that the official number of medical professionals who have tested positive for coronavirus is 417 and not 1,600 as he had said this Sunday. its vice minister, Ernesto Carrasco.

According to the Ministry of Health, the figure of 1,600 corresponds to the health professionals who are suspected of being infected, not of confirmed cases.

Zevallos pointed out that some of the health professionals comply with the isolation and that in the next few days - after "having gained immunity" - they will join their jobs again. He insisted to the population on the need to stay at home, respect the isolation and the restrictions dictated by the authorities.

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Minister Zevallos assured that the initial contagions in Ecuador occurred through people arriving from Europe with a high viral load in their bodies, which caused the infection curve to grow exponentially. He also added that now that the contagion is community-wide, it is expected that the viral load will be lighter and that the organism will have the capacity to generate antibodies and response capacity. "If we can flatten the curve, we will better handle the emergency," he insisted.

Ecuador is one of the countries most plagued by the coronavirus in Latin America. To date, it has registered 3,747 cases and 191 deaths (130 of them only in the province of Guayas). About 100 people have already been discharged from hospital. In addition, 173 deaths have been registered “probable by covid-19 nationwide”. So far 13,039 samples have been taken across the country.

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Source: cnnespanol

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