QUITO, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health announced on Saturday that 1,491 new cases and 38 more deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were registered in the last 24 hours.
The new infections bring the national caseload to 125,620, and the new deaths bring the national death toll to 7,288.
According to the ministry, another 3,796 deaths were likely caused by COVID-19, but these have yet to be confirmed.
The capital city of Quito is the current epicenter of the pandemic in the country, with a total of 30,174 cases, or 24 percent of the cases reported in the country.
The country's state of emergency was lifted on Sept. 14, and the government is urging citizens to behave responsibly to avoid the spread of the virus.
In Quito, local authorities have increased the number of daily tests for the virus, administering 1,250 per day, and have also increased epidemiological surveillance in areas with a high incidence of contagion.
Despite the widely acknowledged risks, citizens in Quito are appearing more in public spaces and mobility in the city has also increased.