QUITO, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's Ministry of Public Health reported on Friday that the country's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 99,409, with 6,030 deaths.
According to the health authorities, in the last 24 hours, the South American nation registered 1,066 new infections and 20 more deaths of COVID-19.
The country is still struggling to control the spread of the virus and is registering a growing number of infections, especially in the capital city of Quito in Pichincha province, the current epicenter of COVID-19 in Ecuador.
Quito, with 2.8 million inhabitants, has reported 17,992 cases in total, with 307 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
According to the health ministry, the rise in confirmed cases in Quito is due to the implementation of case-finding strategies, which include increased testing.
The capital city began to see a rebound in cases after June 3, when quarantine measures were relaxed in order to reactivate the economy.