Ecuador cancels public Christmas and New Year holidays due to Covid rebounds

Ecuador prohibited this Tuesday the celebration in public spaces of processions and parties for Christmas and the end of the year due to the increase in cases of Covid-19, reported the Minister of Health, Ximena Garzón.

“In public spaces (there will be) a ban on events such as concerts, child passes, processions, novenas,” Garzón said.

The minister added that the end of the year festivals and the burning of puppets in public places, a tradition of December 31 in Ecuador, are also banned.

The health authorities also reduced to 75% the capacity for exhibition centers, churches and shopping centers. In the case of restaurants, the capacity will be 50% and the certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 must be presented.

The measures were taken after a “significant” increase in infections, said the minister. Most new cases have been reported in the coastal provinces of Guayas and Manabí, and in the Andean Pichincha, whose capital is Quito.

The Andean nation, which was one of the first sources of the pandemic in the region, has registered 533,588 infected (3,014 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and 33,562 deaths since February 2020, when the first contagion was detected.

At least 12 of the country’s 17.7 million people have completed their vaccination schedule and more than 700,000 have received a third booster dose.

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