Cuba: several provinces without Covid-19 cases in more than two months

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Havana, July 15 (Prensa Latina) Cuba presents today a favorable evolution in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with several provinces not reporting new cases for more than 70 consecutive days, informed health authorities of this country.

At the usual morning press conference to update this data, Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of Epidemiology, explained that the list is headed by Cienfuegos with 76 days without the diagnosis of new patients positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease.

He is followed by Granma and Guantánamo (74), Santiago de Cuba and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud (72), and Holguín (70), added the specialist from the Caribbean nation’s Public Health Ministry.

The rest of the territories (except Havana and Mayabeque) have not had people infected in more than 15 days either.

The Cuban capital has the highest incidence of the disease, with 4.12 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Mayabeque, with 0.78.

Every day, approximately 3,000 diagnostic tests are analyzed to detect the presence of the virus, taken from patients who are suspected or at epidemiological risk throughout the national territory. To date, a total of 214,799 samples have been studied.

The day before, 2,339 samples were processed from Havana (because it is the territory with the greatest epidemiological complexity), 120 from Granma province, 114 from Matanzas, in Artemisa 100, 96 from Mayabeque, and so on from the entire country, even though they have not had positive cases in the last 15 days.

Of the 2,438 diagnosed so far, a total of 2,277 have recovered and only 72 remain in hospital as active cases (71 with stable clinical evolution and one in serious condition).

If a patient tests positive again after being discharged from the hospital, it is not reported as a new case; that is, the exact number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 is 2,438,’ Dr. Durán said.

For 19 consecutive days, no patient with this disease has been reported in a critical state, and the death toll remains at 87, so the lethality rate is 3.57 percent.

These data place the largest of the Antilles in 21st place in the Americas region and in 106th place worldwide in the fight against this new coronavirus.

During his presentation, Dr. Francisco Durán said that in Cuba, ultraviolet light is used to sterilize surfaces and as a method of water disinfection, in order to eliminate parasites and some organisms that are resistant to antiseptics.

The specialist said that several studies have shown the effectiveness of this method to eliminate SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces.

He explained that this is a very old method of disinfection, used in the world since 1878 and that in this country it is used for sterilization in hospitals, offices, even in the food industry.

(Taken from PL)

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