Cuban government to maintain measures against COVID-19

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The Cuban government will maintain the measures applied in the country against covid-19, even though the number of confirmed patients per day, six this Monday, and the number of active patients, 159 out of 1,947, since the disease reached the largest of the Antilles, continues to decrease, according to Granma.
At this week’s first meeting of the ad hoc working group for the prevention and control of the new coronavirus – led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez – Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz stressed that “the population must continue to be persuaded not to create a state of overconfidence and to continue applying the measures.

At the same time, he added, extreme care must be taken, especially now with the rains, to avoid the proliferation of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito and to avoid complicating the epidemiological situation in the nation.

Marrero Cruz pointed out as a priority “the production of food and also the battle against speculators and price increases, which are aspects that are repeatedly raised by the population.

We have to continue fighting with strength, he stressed, any negative attitude that harms the welfare of the people.

In his usual update to the country’s leadership on the epidemic, Public Health Minister José Ángel Portal Miranda explained that 2,068 people remain in Cuba for covid-19 care and surveillance, including those in hospitals, in centres for suspects and in institutions designed for isolation. That number, he said, is the lowest since April 22, when we had more than 10,700 in those categories.

He added that 96.8 percent of the patients diagnosed with the disease, who continue to be admitted, have a stable clinical evolution; 82 have died, none of them on Monday; and 15 medical discharges have been granted, which means 1,704 patients have recovered.

Portal Miranda said that in the last 15 days the highest rates of positive cases to covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, are maintained in Matanzas and Havana. On the other hand, the Isle of Youth and eight provinces – Sancti Spíritus, Artemisa, Granma, Mayabeque, Holguín, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo – have not reported any cases in the same period of time.

Given the course that the epidemic has been taking in the Cuban archipelago, the authorities in Havana, Villa Clara and Matanzas, the three provinces with the highest number of confirmed cases in the country, 942, 216 and 191, respectively, reported at the meeting.

The governor of the capital, Reinaldo García Zapata, explained that 205 people are still being admitted to the territory, 84 of them confirmed with the new coronavirus and 121 suspects. The hospital occupancy rate, he said, is 18% and the intensive care rate is 3%, the lowest ever recorded.

In this prestigious institution all the measures have been taken to overcome the deficiencies indicated and, according to Sabines Lorenzo, “an adequate work environment, cleanliness, order and commitment of the workers is appreciated; we think that this matter is being left behind and we believe that we are reaching the end”.

Other good news came later from Villa Clara, a province that in the last 15 days has only reported four positive cases of covid-19. Of the total number of infected people in the territory, 92.1% have recovered, and the two open transmission events, the one in the Elderly Home and the one in the Polygraph, have not reported any new cases in more than two weeks and all those involved are medically discharged.

“This is Villa Clara’s best moment,” said Governor Alberto Lopez Diaz, “with the best results since we began the fight against the pandemic.

Edited by Jorge Lora.

(With information from Granma)

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