QUITO, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno announced on Friday that he has signed an executive decree to offer extra nutritional support to the most vulnerable sectors of the population affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
"Our priority is to take care of the most vulnerable! We are ensuring their (access to) food," the president wrote on Twitter.
The decree stated that among those that will benefit from this program are children and pregnant women in extreme poverty, impoverished citizens living in provinces with a high level of COVID-19 cases, as well as households whose economic situation has worsened due to the pandemic.
According to the decree, the 240-U.S. dollar aid will be distributed to around 950,000 families.
In March, the Ecuadorian government created the aid program Family Protection Bonus, and this along with other support programs from the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion, currently benefits around 2 million Ecuadorians during the pandemic.
As of Friday, the country has registered 132,475 cases and 7,436 deaths from COVID-19.
Another 3,800 deaths are considered to have been caused by COVID-19, but have not been verified, the health ministry said.