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Ecuador confirms 10 cases of COVID-19 Delta variant

13 Jul 2021, 09:55 GMT+10

QUITO, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador confirmed the presence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the country, after detecting 10 cases in two coastal provinces, Health Minister Ximena Garzon said on Monday.

"We have been able to identify eight cases in El Oro and two cases in Guayas that are completely under control," the official said at a joint press conference with state authorities.

In El Oro, one patient presented a sub-variant of Delta "called Delta plus, which makes it more contagious and leads to a higher mortality rate," said Garzon.

Samples from these cases were taken in late June and early July, and confirmed through genomic sequencing.

Urgent steps were taken to prevent the spread of the virus, said Garzon.

"We are following up on warning signs in the identified cases and the epidemiological tracking of these cases and their contacts," she said.

Ecuador will also increase COVID-19 vaccination centers in both provinces, and monitor mask use and other health measures, she added.

Ecuador, where other variants of COVID-19 are already circulating, has registered 468,414 COVID-19 cases and 16,127 deaths from the disease.

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