By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The National Institute for Public Health Research (INSPI) in Ecuador are reporting 4,450 COVID-19 cases as of April 8.


The bulk of the cases have been reported in Guayas province with 3047.

Officials say that of the 4450 cases, 3744 are stable in home isolation, 178 are hospitalized in stable condition, 146  hospitalized with reserved prognosis, 140 cases have been discharged and 242 deceased.

This week, the Minister of Public Health, Juan Carlos Zevallos, at a virtual press conference, announced that 100,000 rapid tests and 100,000 PCRs arrived in our country that will serve to expedite the results of the exams for COVID-19.

In addition, the Secretary of State reiterated that, at the National Institute of Public Health Research (INSPI) in Guayaquil, progress is being made with the installation of the new equipment that has the capacity to process 1,400 tests per day.

He explained that this modern equipment works with an automated robotic platform with state-of-the-art molecular equipment, which will allow us to face the COVID-19 health emergency, in better conditions.