Ecuador reports five deaths from the Delta variant of the coronavirus

The Ecuadorian Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday the first five deaths caused by the Delta variant of the coronavirus, originally detected in India and considered more contagious.

"After an epidemiological and genomic analysis of the Delta variant in the country, prepared by the National Institute for Public Health Research (INSPI) and the MSP (Ministry of Public Health), it was known that five people died," said the portfolio in a statement.

The country had announced the day before about the detection of ten cases of the Delta variant in its territory. Those infected are in the coastal provinces of Guayas (southwest) and El Oro (border with Peru).

The ministry added that most of those killed by this variant "had aggravating diseases that worsened their condition." The rest of the patients are stable and isolated, according to the entity.

In Ecuador, a country of 17,5 million inhabitants that has reported the presence of the Alpha, Gamma and Delta variants, the covid-19 leaves more than 470.000 infections and 21.832 deaths, between confirmed and probable, since the beginning of the pandemic .

At least 1,6 million people in the South American nation have completed the anticovid vaccination scheme. Another 2,3 million have received the first dose, according to official figures, reported AFP.



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