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Ecuadorian Ministers of Health, Labour Resign After COVID-19 Cases Go Beyond 500

Sputnik News

05:22 GMT 22.03.2020(updated 05:25 GMT 22.03.2020)

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ecuador's Minister of Health Catalina Andramuno and Minister of Labour Andres Madero have stepped down as the rate of the country's coronavirus infections increased by over 400 cases in a week to a total of 532, the presidential press service.

"President of the Republic Lenin Moreno has appointed Luis Arturo Poveda Velasco as minister of labour and Juan Carlos Zeballos Lopez as minister of health. He thanked Catalina Andramuno and Andres Madero for the work done", the press service said in a release.

Amid the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases, the Ecuadorian government declared a state of emergency on 17 March, setting a curfew and limiting domestic movements.

As of Sunday, the number of COVID-19 cases globally has surpassed 300,000 with more than 13,000 fatalities, according to the World Health Organisation. The main centres of the disease outside mainland China are Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, and Iran. The infection recently spiked in the US, with over 2,500 newly confirmed cases, while Italy shows the highest death toll of over 4,800.


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