Ecuador's capital lifts restrictions on traffic despite ongoing COVID-19 outbreak
Published: Sep 21, 2020 01:40 PM

Photo taken on March 15, 2020 shows a few cars running on streets in Quito, Ecuador. (Photo by Santiago Armas/Xinhua)

Traffic picked up in Ecuador's capital Quito on Sunday, after local officials lifted pandemic lockdown restrictions on vehicles, allowing them all to circulate.

The move aimed to restart economic activity in the city following months of limiting the number of cars on the road according to odd or even license plate numbers, despite Quito still being the epicenter of Ecuador's novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Residents went out in droves, especially to city parks, traditional spots for Sunday family outings.

Face masks continue to be mandatory even inside vehicles, according to a municipal ordinance, with violators facing a 100-US dollar fine.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, Quito registered a total of 30,557 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, after detecting another 383 infections in the previous 24 hours.

Nationally, Ecuador has registered 126,419 cases of COVID-19 and 7,296 deaths from the disease, after 799 new cases and 8 more deaths were reported in the same 24-hour period.

Another 3,794 deaths are considered to have been caused by COVID-19, but have not been verified, the ministry said.
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