Last Updated: 06/17/2021
As of June 7, Ecuador is reporting under 1,000 COVID-19 cases a day and falling, almost half of the number reported in May. Also as of June 7, Ecuador had fully vaccinated nearly 8% of its population of 16.9 million people. The government has lifted the nighttime curfew and movement restrictions. Other restrictions have remained in place, with theaters, beaches, gyms and other nonessential business still closed. Masks are required, and malls and restaurants are open at half capacity. Hospitals continue to struggle as they deal with the number of cases. With many businesses still closed, increased poverty and unemployment remain a pressing concern.
Nearly all Compassion centers are closed to on-site activities, though a few are able to welcome small groups of children and youths. Church staff members continue to provide emotional and spiritual support by making regular phone calls to families, and a number of centers are conducting their ministry through home visits. Center workers have been able to deliver over 840,000 food packs and 304,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to more than 23,000 individuals since the pandemic began.