QUITO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Ecuador's foreign ministry said on
Tuesday that it would keep the country's border with Peru closed
in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus' Omicron
Peru announced that as of Dec. 1, it would open its land
border for residents and non-residents coming from Ecuador and
Chile, complying with the protocols of the country's health
"The Ecuadorian foreign ministry reiterates the decision to
keep the land border with Peru closed, as a prevention and
control response to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and its
new variants," the ministry said in a statement.
"The country's authorities maintain frequent communication
with their Peruvian counterparts, so that the reopening of the
borders is carried out gradually and in an orderly manner," it
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso announced on Monday
night that he plans to gradually open the border with Colombia
starting Wednesday, allowing cargo and commercial goods to
Ecuador has accelerated its plans to dole out booster
vaccine shots given the omicron variant's advance through
The booster shots, scheduled to start on January 1, 2022,
will now begin being distributed Dec. 1, Health Minister Ximena
Garzon told reporters.
By the end of December Ecuador hopes to vaccinate 85% of its
population, including minors from the age of five.
The Andean nation also barred travelers from several African
countries, including South Africa, from entering the county. It
will now require a vaccination certificate along with a negative
PCR test for those arriving from other nations by air, land or
Ecuador has reported more than 526,800 cases of COVID
infections and 33,250 confirmed deaths from coronavirus,
according to official data.
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Writing by Sarah Kinosian)