QUITO, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador reported 2,389 cases and 43 more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases to 360,546 and the death toll to 12,720, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Sunday.
Another 4,983 deaths are considered to be COVID-19 related, but not verified, according to the ministry.
The province of Pichincha continued to be the epicenter of the virus in the country, with the capital city of Quito reporting the most cases.
According to authorities, the country is facing a spike in cases due to citizen indiscipline, and 11 of the 24 Ecuadoran provinces have reported a high incidence of infections, leading the government to implement restrictions on mobility, particularly in larger cities like Quito and Guayaquil.
The government has asked the population to continue to be cautious, as the health system is currently overwhelmed caring for COVID-19 patients.