• Cuba reports 13 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours • Cuban contributions in the fight against COVID-19 praised • Cuba: no cases of COVID-19-associated infant inflammatory syndrome • Cuban foreign minister praises medical collaboration against COVID-19 • Cuban doctors in Italy praised at virtual conference in Rome • The situation in Las Tunas •
Cuba reports 13 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours
The National Director of Epidemiology of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Francisco Durán, reported that there were 13 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 1,900 positive cases across the island.
During his daily press briefing held Wednesday morning, Dr. Durán said that over the past 24 hours - up to 12 midnight Tuesday night - fortunately, no patients died from the coronavirus.
This is the seventh consecutive day that there were no reported deaths of the coronavirus on the island. A total of 79 patients have died from COVID-19 in Cuba over the past two months.
Cuban contributions in the fight against COVID-19 praised
Cuba's health authorities praised on Wednesday the noteworthy contributions both in the treatment of patients and in the comprehensive governmental plan of action in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the daily press briefing, the Director of Epidemiology Francisco Durán noted actions such as the immediate admission of COVID-19 cases to hospitals to treat them applying the approved protocols and prevent the spread.
In addition to that, he added, the search for all contacts and suspected of having the disease and their immediate admission to isolation centers also allows cutting off the chain of new infections.
"This does not occur in other countries, where even many COVID-19 patients stay home without treatment and their contacts are maintained in the community," he emphasized.
In Durán's opinion, another contribution is the active search for COVID-19 symptoms across the national territory, with the participation of healthcare personnel, Medicine students and the support of innovative tools such as the virtual self-searcher app, which has facilitated early detection COVID-19 symptoms, which allows taking actions on due time.
Thirdly, he mentioned population studies carried out in various communities with the application of diagnostic methods such as real-time PCR, which has found out three new cases lately.
The epidemiologist also referred to the approved treatment for COVID-19 patients including different domestically produced medicines such as Interferon alfa-2B, CIGB-258 and Sulfacen, among others.
According to Durán, another important action has been the application of preventive treatments in population risk groups such as older adults, with products such as Biomodulin T and Prevengho-vir, aimed at raising the immune system of people so that they respond better in case of catching the disease.
Finally, he highlighted the follow-up conducted on recoveries to detect possible COVID-19 aftermaths.
Cuba: no cases of COVID-19-associated infant inflammatory syndrome
Health authorities reported today that Cuba has no cases of the pediatric multisystemic inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19, a condition that was recently the subject of a World Health Organization (WHO) warning.
In his briefing, the director of epidemiology of the Public Health Ministry, Francisco Durán, confirmed that children infected with the disease have not presented this complication, nor any other, and in general they all show favorable evolution.
However, he added, we are aware of the WHO alert and our doctors are keeping on the alert to detect any possible case with this symptomatology, to apply the corresponding treatment and to give differentiated attention.
Worldwide, WHO reported the emergence of the rare Kawasaki infant syndrome in the context of COVID-19, which has led to several children needing intensive care in countries such as the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Italy.
WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on medical authorities around the world to provide more data on the cases reported in the various countries, some of which have been fatal.
Cuban foreign minister praises medical collaboration against COVID-19
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez highlighted this Wednesday the contribution of the Caribbean nation's health collaborators who are fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic in different parts of the world.
On his Twitter account, the top Cuban diplomat stressed that, in view of the international health emergency, some 2,300 Cuban specialists, organized in 26 Henry Reeve Brigades, traveled to 24 countries to fight the new disease.
They joined the more than 28,000 health professionals who worked in 59 nations before the pandemic, and who also joined the efforts of each region to combat SARS CoV-2.
Recently, Cuba's Minister of Public Health, José Angel Portal, reiterated to the World Health Organization Cuba's willingness to cooperate and share the island's "modest experiences" in the fight against COVID-19.
During his speech at the 73rd World Health Assembly, the minister of health stated that neither the genocidal U.S. blockade nor the attempts to discredit and hinder medical cooperation have forced the Revolution to abandon its vocation of solidarity.
Cuban doctors in Italy praised at virtual conference in Rome
Rome.- With the title "Cuba, Antidote to the Virus: Cuban Internationalism Against COVID-19", a virtual round table conference was held, organized by the Rome branch of the National Association of Italian-Cuban Friendship (ANAIC) and the organization Patria Socialista (PS).
The colloquium was presided over by Marco Papacci, secretary of the capital's organization and vice-president of the ANAIC, with the participation of ANAIC and PS directors and the minister-counselor of the Cuban embassy in Italy; Jorge Luis Alfonzo, the chief of the medical brigade working in the city of Crema; Carlos Ricardo Pérez, and from Havana, with the head of the international editorial staff of the Granma newspaper, Raúl Capote.
The president of the Italian solidarity group, Irma Dioli, said that for Cuba international cooperation is a strategic priority and an essential component of its foreign policy, based on important values such as solidarity and humanism.
The national secretary of the PS, Igor Camilli, pointed out that the gratitude goes beyond the Henry Reeve Contingent, to reach Cuba and its people, who "have helped us because of their humanity, in a historic gesture because this is the first time they have come to Europe's aid."
Alfonzo addressed the principles on which Cuba has provided and received aid since the triumph of the Revolution and stressed that solidarity and internationalism are not only part of the Constitution and foreign policy of his country, but also of the life of every Cuban.
The panelists taking part in the virtual on-line conference praised the Cuban health system and the altruism of the Revolution, despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington for almost six decades.
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