On 7 March 2024, President Daniel Noboa announced a 30-day extension to Ecuador’s ongoing state of emergency, citing the need to maintain military patrols in prisons and high violence areas, maintain internal order, and reduce homicides. The extension is scheduled to take effect on 22 March, with security measures and curfews determined by the current crime evaluation system ranging from high, medium and low. In the 31 cantos categorized as high — which include Guayaquil, Esmeraldas and Manta — a nightly curfew will continue to be enforced from 0000-0500 local time (0500-1000 UTC). In the 23 medium designated cantons — which include Atames and Cuenca — the curfew will remain in effect from 0200-0500 local time. The curfew was previously rescinded in the remaining cantons with low crime rate status, which include Quito and the Galapagos Islands. The state of emergency has been renewed twice since the initial declaration on 8 January amid a sharp uptick in gang violence following the escape of the leader of the Los Choneros gang from Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil.