As the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on Ecuador’s capital, Quito, authorities are deploying new sanitary mobile centers to ramp up testing and ease pressure on a health system that is being challenged again by a rapid rise in cases.
Quito has become Ecuador’s COVID-19 hotspot, with total cases recently overtaking those in Guayaquil, the country’s second-largest city, which in March and April suffered one of Latin America’s worst outbreaks.
Quito now has 12,747 cases, with Ecuador’s total case count exceeding 82,000, according to figures released by the Health Ministry on Tuesday. Some 600 people have died in the capital, out of 5,584 deaths across the Andean nation.
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