Ecuadorian authorities confirmed this Friday the first death from coronavirus in the country, a 71-year-old woman who was the first case in Ecuador, where the number of infected persons also rose to 23.
“It is unfortunate to have to inform you that today our first patient who was diagnosed with coronavirus in Ecuador has died“Expressed the Minister of Public Health, Catalina Andramuño, at a press conference at the headquarters of the Ecu 911 integrated emergency service in Samborondón, near Guayaquil.
The fatal victim, an Ecuadorian resident in the Madrid municipality of Torrejón de Ardoz, arrived in the country on February 14 and she remained in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after registering symptoms that led to acute respiratory failure.
José Vergara, a doctor from the Ministry of Health, explained that the patient died of “severe failure“After receiving”all the treatment that can be offered to this disease” in the country.
On how the authorities will proceed with the body, the minister indicated that no wake with an open coffin or embalming will be allowed, and recalled that when the person dies, the transmission of the virus is interrupted.
The hospital center where the death occurred will follow all the protocols established in the areas where the patient was.
Contagions figure rises to 23
Andramuño specified that they have been diagnosed in the country three new cases, “One from Spain, another from Sweden and another who was the contact of a relative who was in Spain”, bringing the total to 23.
And of the latest positives, he specified that two patients are registered in the province of Guayas, in western Ecuador, and the third in Pichincha, of which Quito is the capital.
It also specified that of the 23 confirmed cases in Ecuador, five are from Pichincha, eight from Guayas and a dozen in the province of Los Ríos.
Three of those affected are admitted to hospital units in a stable situation in the province of Guayas, while two are in critical condition in Pichincha.
President Lenín Moreno decreed a national health emergency as a preventive measure against coronavirus.
That declaration includes the requirement of a 14-day isolation for travelers arriving in Ecuador from Spain, Italy, France, Germany, South Korea, Iran and China.
Concentrations exceeding 250 people were also prohibited and classes were interrupted until further notice, although the curriculum will continue through a telematic platform.
All the museums, archaeological centers and entities attached to the Ministry of Culture and Heritage in Ecuador also close their doors from today.
Until this Friday the number of deaths from the coronavirus had exceeded the barrier of 5,000 worldwide, the total number of cases exceeds 132,000 and the countries affected are more than 120.