The Coronavirus in Latin America | AS/COA


January 19: 232,568 confirmed cases, 14,382 deaths
January 12: 222,567 confirmed cases, 14,196 deaths
December 15: 202,356 confirmed cases, 13,896 deaths
November 17: 181,104 confirmed cases, 13,025 deaths
October 20: 154,115 confirmed cases, 12,404 deaths
September 22: 127,643 confirmed cases, 11,126 deaths 
August 25: 109,030 confirmed cases, 6,368 deaths
August 4: 87,963 confirmed cases, 5,808 deaths
July 7: 63,245 confirmed cases, 4,873 deaths
June 9: 43,917 confirmed cases, 3,690 deaths
May 12: 30,419 confirmed cases, 2,327 deaths
April 14: 7,603 confirmed cases, 369 deaths (See note below.)
March 17: 111 confirmed cases, 2 deaths
March 13: First death
March 10: 15 confirmed cases
March 3: 7 confirmed cases
February 29: First confirmed case
Ecuador’s then-Health Minister Catalina Andramuño Zeballos confirmed the country’s first case on February 29, involving a 71-year-old woman who lived in Spain and traveled to Ecuador on February 14. The woman passed away on March 13, becoming the country’s first fatality as well.
Along with deaths confirmed to be from COVID-19, the government also reports deaths that occurred “in the context” of the virus, typically increasing the death toll by about 67 percent. Separate government figures show that in the Guayas province, close to 14,600 people died of all causes in March and the first two weeks of April. The province, considered an epicenter for the virus with about two-thirds of national cases, normally sees 2,000 deaths per month and the local health system was quickly overwhelmed. 
Note: After not reporting an official count for May 5, officials announced on May 6 that they had lowered the total count of confirmed cases by 2,461 cases between May 4 and May 6 after having discarded duplicate test samples. On April 24, after much discrepancy between four official counts and releasing the results of more than 10,000 previously unreported positive test results that nearly doubled the official case count figure, officials suspended reporting daily COVID-19 case numbers over the weekend while they implemented a new software system to track the data. Beginning April 7, Ecuadoran officials changed their methodology to count the number of cases based on people having symptoms, regardless of whether or not they’ve been tested. 
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Eco. Lassi Pensikkala