QUITO, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador reported on Thursday 4,892 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, the second highest number in a single day, bringing the total to 355,431, the Ministry of Public Health said, adding that there were also 83 more deaths, for a total of 12,541.
In addition, six more "probable deaths" from the disease were documented, totaling 4,948.
The daily infection figure is second only to April 23, 2020, when nearly 11,000 cases were recorded due to an increase in diagnostic tests.
The new cases were concentrated in the provinces of Pichincha, where the capital Quito is located, and Guayas, the two most affected areas in the country.
Meanwhile, the hospital system throughout the country is overwhelmed, with some hospitals operating at 150 percent capacity, according to the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE).
Starting on Friday, the COE plans to tighten national vehicular restrictions for 15 days to stop the spread of the disease.