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UPDATES 05/09/2021

UPDATES 05/09/2021

Update to: Banana sector reinforces prevention measures to avoid Foc R4T fungus Published: Volume 5, Issue 27 Alfredo Saltos: Most likely (Foc R4T) is already in Ecuador waiting for the best opportunities to hatch Alfredo Saltos, former Minister of Agriculture,...

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Deaths Fall This Week, But New Data Shows That Overall Number Of Deaths May Be Severely Underreported

Deaths Fall This Week, But New Data Shows That Overall Number Of Deaths May Be Severely Underreported

One of the lead stories this week lays out how serious the situation is in hospitals across the country; we will not go into that further here. But along with that, one of the more alarming bits of information that was published this week was just how many “unusual” deaths occurred over the past year. […]

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The passing of a gentle giant

The passing of a gentle giant

I didn’t think I’d write about this again this week, but the ex-pat community has lost another one of our best people. Dr. Alan Woods, died this weekend due to health complications (unrelated to Covid). He was a dentist. He was a minister. He was a teacher. He was a...

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Nepotism, expensive gifts and party collections will be prohibited in the new Executive Code of Ethics

Nepotism, expensive gifts and party collections will be prohibited in the new Executive Code of Ethics

Guillermo Lasso will sign an executive decree with these rules of conduct on May 24th, when he assumes the Presidency of the Republic Issues related to conflict of interest, family ties, use of public assets and resources, norms of transparency and management with equality and non-discrimination will be addressed in the Code of Ethics for […]

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Lasso’s cabinet members come with enormous experience, are tasked with laser focus and transparency

Lasso’s cabinet members come with enormous experience, are tasked with laser focus and transparency

President-elect Guillermo Lasso introduced eight members of his new cabinet over the last two weeks and said he intends to maintain a “laser focus” on ending the Covid-19 epidemic and restoring the economy. Of the new ministers, five are women. “I have chosen my ministers carefully, not just for their competence but for their dedication,” […]

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Ecuador has 1,607 ICU beds but almost all Covid-19 beds are occupied

Ecuador has 1,607 ICU beds but almost all Covid-19 beds are occupied

Ecuador had 1,183 beds in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) as of 2019, according to the latest Registry of Beds and Hospital Discharges published in June 2020 by the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INEC). How many are there now, after a year in crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and what is the level […]

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UPDATES 05-05-2021

UPDATES 05-05-2021

Update to: Iberia brings back direct flights between Guayaquil and Madrid Published: Volume 4, Issue 21 Iberia resumed direct Madrid-Guayaquil operation With an Airbus A330-200 plane with capacity for 288 passengers, Iberia resumed its direct flights between Madrid and Guayaquil early Monday morning. The airline of Spanish origin chose a plane with a livery dedicated […]

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Deaths, Cases And Positivity Rate Increase, Azuay Has Highest Rate Of Increase In Deaths

Deaths, Cases And Positivity Rate Increase, Azuay Has Highest Rate Of Increase In Deaths

In Azuay province, the number of new cases of COVID-19 have continued to rise since the state of exception began on April 23rd—which has included two weekends of total confinement. From April 22nd to May 2, 2021, there have been 964 new cases of COVID-19 and 39 more deaths in the Azuay province. Azuay had […]

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The question of a metro system in Guayaquil comes up yet again

The question of a metro system in Guayaquil comes up yet again

The public transportation system is perhaps one of the most complex issues in a city, especially in Guayaquil, a congested city where the suffocating weather often does not help, and which also still has to deal with the bad habits ingrained in many drivers and even in the passengers themselves. On many occasions, citizens – […]

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The best lived life

The best lived life

I just returned from the US yesterday. En route, I learned that my friend Jeff Salz had died of covid-19. I’m shocked and heartbroken. First let me say this: I am honored to have been able to call Jeff Salz my friend. He was a better man than me, and to have him...

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Covid-19 vaccine tourism becomes a bigger issue in the US

Covid-19 vaccine tourism becomes a bigger issue in the US

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced that 103.4 million Americans over the age of 16 (31.2% of the population) had already been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also reported that 146.2 million people (44% of the population) have received at […]

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Cases Explode Worldwide, Cuenca ICU Beds Remain Full

Cases Explode Worldwide, Cuenca ICU Beds Remain Full

On Friday, the daily cases of COVID-19 reached a record number of 903,410, more than a third of them concentrated in India, which on Sunday reported 354,531 new infections, a number never before seen in any country, according to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO). With these new records, global cases since the beginning of the pandemic […]

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Coming home

Coming home

Every time I come to the US, I get worn out by the unrelenting consumerism and a sense that American’s really have little else to occupy their time than buying and selling. Such a sharp contrast from Ecuador, which seems to be more interested in family, time spent not...

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Lenin Moreno: “No country should monopolize access to Covid-19 vaccines

Lenin Moreno: “No country should monopolize access to Covid-19 vaccines

On Wednesday, during his speech at the Twenty-Seventh Edition of the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, Ecuador President Lenín Moreno demanded universal, transparent and equitable access for countries to vaccines against Covid-19. The 22 participating Ibero-American states approved the inclusion of the Ecuadorian President’s position in the final declaration of the meeting, […]

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“Corruption is not negotiable, and the president-elect will not interfere in judicial processes,” says Juan Carlos Holguín

“Corruption is not negotiable, and the president-elect will not interfere in judicial processes,” says Juan Carlos Holguín

One of the leaders of the transition team of president-elect Guillermo Lasso rules out some points of negotiation with the correista bloc in the Assembly. Juan Carlos Holguín is an advisor to the team of the president-elect, Guillermo Lasso. When asked about a possible negotiation with the new correista bloc in the Assembly, the request […]

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Constitutional Court meets to rule on the decriminalization of abortion for rape

Constitutional Court meets to rule on the decriminalization of abortion for rape

The Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference sent a letter to the Court stating that the crime of rape cannot be solved with another crime On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, the plenary session of the Constitutional Court (CC) will debate and vote on the request to decriminalize abortion for rape. The action was presented in July 2019, by […]

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Cases And Deaths Rise, Brazil And Uk Variants Appear And Hospitals Continue To Overflow

Cases And Deaths Rise, Brazil And Uk Variants Appear And Hospitals Continue To Overflow

This week the trend to increases in the rate of new cases and new deaths, a higher positivity rate and an overflow in hospital waiting rooms continues. To be frank, the increase in cases and deaths are truly shocking and are a significantly higher ramp up than at any period during the last year. There […]

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While the country awaits national restrictions, Cuenca puts several of its own in place

While the country awaits national restrictions, Cuenca puts several of its own in place

On Sunday night, while most of the country was awaiting information on national restrictions, the Cantonal Council of Cuenca approved a reform to the ordinance that regulates the prevention, containment and mitigation measures of the pandemic. The reform will allow the Cantonal Emergency Operations Committee to issue technical reports with the recommendations for modifying the […]

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Where are the vaccines?

Where are the vaccines?

While I’m here in the US, Ecuador is bracing for another possible shutdown, is struggling to get the vaccines it needs, and is seeing the numbers of new deaths from the virus rise to levels first seen over a year ago. All the while, the US announced today that more...

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Guillermo Lasso won with fewer votes than in 2017

Guillermo Lasso won with fewer votes than in 2017

The null vote was decisive, it helped the president-elect to capture correísmo cantons. The president-elect failed to increase his support in the most recent elections, in fact he got fewer votes than in 2017, and still won. This was possible because the support for the Correísmo candidate fell in the face of an unprecedented rise in […]

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Financing the Ecuador Green Economy Plan is only the first step to achieving its goals

Financing the Ecuador Green Economy Plan is only the first step to achieving its goals

Analysts highlight that the president-elect, Guillermo Lasso, has a general roadmap on environmental priorities The transition to a more sustainable economy encompasses a wide range of economic and political actors. It is talking about how it is produced, what source of energy is used, about the opportunities to manufacture products when less polluting principles are applied, […]

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