Ecuador's vice president warned on Wednesday that public hospitals in the country's capital, Quito, have reached capacity from the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at a news conference, Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner said that hospitals in Quito are feeling the strain after seeing an increase of Covid-19 patients.
Sonnenholzner said that Ecuador plans to increase availability of intensive care units and hospital beds to help mitigate the strain.
Sonnenholzner also said they have learned from the city of Guayaquil, where overwhelmed hospitals prevented many people impacted by the virus from receiving treatment in March and April.
The vice president said Ecuador's changes will bring a higher possibility that a patient will get the medical care they need.
Quito is now second after Guayaquil with the most number of confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to the country’s health ministry. On June 3 the capital entered a “yellow light” phase, considered as mid-level risk, which allows some mobility restrictions to be lifted and the reopening of some businesses.
Ecuador has reported 51,643 coronavirus cases, and 4,274 deaths from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.