Last Updated: 07/27/2021
As of July 18, Ecuador is reporting an average of 1,122 cases of COVID per day, a decrease from peak numbers reported in early May. Ecuador has fully vaccinated nearly 24% of its population of 16.9 million people, up from 8% in June. The government has instituted new restrictions in some areas due to the presence of the new Delta strain of COVID-19. 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 almost 907,000 food packs and over 349,000 hygiene kits and have provided medical support to almost 29,000 individuals since the pandemic began.