QUITO, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador registered 2,710 new cases and nine more deaths from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases to 387,299 and deaths to 13,579, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Sunday.
The ministry said there were also anther seven deaths that were likely caused by the disease, bringing the total to 5,161.
The province of Pichincha, where the capital Quito is located, continues to be the worst affected by the disease, with 136,436 cases and 2,782 deaths, most of them reported in Quito, and an incidence rate of 4,226 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Sixteen of the 24 provinces of the country were placed under the state of emergency, a measure that has been in place since April 23 and will continue until May 20.
The measure includes a night curfew and total confinement on the weekend to stop the spread of infection and to avoid overloading the already strained hospital system.
Ecuador began its mass vaccination campaign on Jan. 21 with priority groups such as the elderly and those working in essential sectors.
As of April 29, 920,865 people had been vaccinated, of which 691,000 had received the first dose and 229,865 had received both doses.
The government has set the goal of vaccinating a total of one million by this Sunday.