QUITO, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador reported 2,950 new COVID-19 cases and 37 more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 350,539 cases 12,458 deaths, the Ministry of Public Health said on Wednesday.
The province of Pichincha, where the capital Quito is located, as well as Guayas and Manabi had the highest concentration of infections in the last day, according to ministry figures.
The country, which is facing an upsurge in COVID-19 infections, confirmed its first case of the P1 variant of the coronavirus first detected in Brazil in a patient in intensive care at a local hospital in Loja.
Health Minister Camilo Salinas announced on Wednesday that an investigation has been initiated to trace the Ecuadorian citizen's path.
Meanwhile, 274,160 people had been vaccinated as of Saturday with their first dose and 183,300 with their second, according to Public Health Ministry data.