QUITO, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's Ministry of Public Health reported on Wednesday 1,806 new COVID-19 infections and 38 more deaths in the last 24 hours, for a total of 393,048 cases and 13,726 deaths.
Another 5,181 deaths are considered to be COVID-19 related, but not verified, according to the ministry.
The South American country is facing a rapid increase in infections, with hospitals at capacity and a high demand for oxygen for intensive care units.
The provinces of Pichincha and Guayas had the highest number of new cases in the past 24 hours, with 688 and 656, respectively.
On April 23, the government decreed a state of emergency in 16 of the country's provinces with a high rate of infections, which will be in effect until May 20.
The measure, which includes a night curfew and a total weekend lockdown, aims to avoid a rise in cases and the collapse of the health system as new variants of the novel coronavirus, which are more contagious, are detected in the country and begin to be spread through community transmission.
Meanwhile, the country continues its vaccination plan against COVID-19, with 821,960 people in priority groups and seniors receiving their first dose and 245,512 their second, according to the health ministry.