QUITO, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's National Committee for Emergency Operations (COE), which is managing the health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), approved new guidelines on Friday that will come into force on Sept. 13 when the national state of emergency concludes.
The new guidelines include requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test in order to enter the country by air, while the country's land borders and seaports will remain closed.
Additionally, face-to-face classes will be suspended, as will public events. Public and private sector employees will return to work while adhering to biosafety protocols.
President Lenin Moreno said that Ecuador has faced "extremely difficult times" due to the pandemic, and, in this new stage, he called on Ecuadorans to comply with health measures such as wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing.
Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo, who is also the president of the COE, stressed that after six months of the pandemic in the country, Ecuador is seeing the "light at the end of the tunnel," and although the emergency has not ended, "we are adapting to this new normal."
Ecuador has registered over 113,000 cases and more than 10,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health.
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