COVID-19 in Cuba

• Cuba reports 8 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours COVID 19 in Cuba: risk persists, measures remain • Cuban vaccine shows efficacy in serious COVID-19 patients • Díaz-Canel says Cuba has achieved worthy results in fight against COVID-19 • Cubans stranded in U.S. due to COVID-19 return to the island • The situation in Las Tunas • Cuban physicians carry out more than 38,000 consultations in Jamaica • Mexican journalists join Nobel Peace Prize request for Cuban doctors 

Cuba reports 8 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours

Havana, Cuba.- The National Director of Epidemiology of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Francisco Durán, reported that there were 8 new cases of COVID-19, for a total of 1,916 positive cases across the island.

During his daily press briefing held Friday morning, Dr. Durán said that over the past 24 hours -- up to 12 midnight Thursday night - unfortunately, one patient died from the coronavirus. A total of 81 patients have died from COVID-19 in Cuba over the past two months.

To date, 1,631 patients have recovered - with an additional 28 patients released from hospitals during the day on Thursday.

Hygiene measures are implementedCOVID 19 in Cuba: risk persists, measures remain

The Cuban National Epidemiology Director, Dr. Francisco Duran, has affirmed that the risk of contracting COVID-19 persists in the country, so that security measures to prevent its spread will remain in force.

Giving an overview of the behavior of COVID-19 in Cuba, Dr. Durán reiterated to the population that there will be no relaxation of the measures so far implemented.

“We are observing everything, we saw the experiences of other nations that unpacked the restrictions to face the disease and the results were not the best,” Durán said.

We want to do everything possible to end this situation, Durán emphasized, who highlighted the success achieved by the measures taken and national drugs used to save the lives of seriously ill patients. 

He clarified that although the statistics are favorable, the population cannot relax and grow complacent.

Cuban vaccine shows efficacy in serious COVID-19 patients

CIGB 258, a vaccine designed to treat chronic inflammatory diseasesA vaccine candidate used in patients with COVID-19 in severe and critical stages shows positive results in Cuba, the Ministry of Public Health explained today.

This is CIGB 258, a vaccine designed to treat chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, which shows efficacy in patients with COVID-19, Francisco Durán, National Director of Epidemiology, explained at an updating press conference.

The critical and serious patient with COVID-19 is currently facing a cytokine storm, a process that exceeds inflammations to the limit, blocks the immune system and this phenomenon leads to the death of the patient with the SARS-Cov-2 virus, added the specialist.

Unlike what happens in the rest of the world, that only 20 percent of severe patients manage to reverse this situation, the drug that has been tested in 52 patients reports a survival in the critical state of 78 percent.

The vaccine, developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology also shows that 92 percent of them have recovered in seriously ill patients treated in Cuba, Durán said.

The specialist commented in his usual press conference to update on the evolution of the disease in Cuba, which is also tested with the Itolizumab monoclonal antibody, the results of which show that 80 percent of seriously ill patients survive.

After more than 60 days from the confirmation of the first positive cases of Covid-19 in Cuba, this country is going through a favorable moment in its contagion curve, and in the last few days the reports of new cases range between 10 and 20.

One of the reasons, in the opinion of specialists, constitutes the government strategy deployed to face the epidemic, which includes the action of all branches of knowledge, from the natural, exact and biological sciences, as well as computer science and communications.

Díaz-Canel says Cuba has achieved worthy results in fight against COVID-19

Díaz-Canel referred to the modes of action which must be maintained when Cuba begins to move towards normality"In the fight against the pandemic, we have achieved very dignified results, and more so given the conditions in which the country has done so," said Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, as he exchanged views once again with the group of scientists and experts who are directly involved in Cuba's battle against COVID-19.

During the dialogue with the specialists at the Palace of the Revolution, the president stressed that before the disease reached the national territory, "we already had a complex situation, both economic and social, caused by the blockade and the Helms-Burton Law."

However, "the scientific results we have achieved have given the country tremendous visibility and prestige, as a fundamental component in the confrontation." That we don't have a resurgence, he said, is the key and, of course, to get the Cuban vaccine as quickly as possible.

Díaz-Canel referred to the modes of action which must be maintained when Cuba begins to move towards normality, so as not to go through the situation of a resurgence of the epidemic that other nations have had, including hygienic measures, physical distancing, active research, differentiated attention to the vulnerable, regulation of the number of people in certain areas, social responsibility and constant research and study of the disease.

He commented that "with all the impact and scientific contribution in times of pandemic, a knowledge base has been formed that is giving us outlets in predicting the disease and, therefore, in methods of acting and perfecting our protocols."

Cubans stranded in U.S. due to COVID-19 return to the island

World Atlantic Airlines provided two aircraft for these trips Bruno Rodríguez, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that the return this Friday of Cubans who were stranded in the United States is the result of the work of both governments.

On his official Twitter account, the Cuban foreign minister said that the national residents who were stuck in the U.S. have received all the attention and help from the authorities of the two states, which allows for the safe return of the group of Cubans this Friday.

The return is taking place after two weeks of work and exchange between the U.S. and Cuban authorities, according to a note from the Cuban Embassy in Washington.

World Atlantic Airlines provided two aircraft for these trips from Miami, Florida, to Havana.

Three days ago, the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. announced in another communication that its Consulate will continue to provide services on a non-presence basis until further notice, after it suspended its on-site activities beginning March 16th due to the pandemic.

The situation in Las Tunas

COVID-19 in Las Tunas

Cuban physicians carry out more than 38,000 consultations in Jamaica

138 internationalists of the Henry Reeve Contingent demonstrates the wisdom of their callThe Cuban Health Mission in Jamaica has carried out more than 38,000 consultations during the last two months in the fight against the new SAR-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

Distributed in the four regions and in the 14 parishes of the Jamaican island, the 433 collaborators, including those who arrived with the Henry Reeve Contingent reinforcement brigade, have treated 38,817 patients and saved 716 lives.

According to data provided to Prensa Latina by the Cuban embassy in Kingston, so far all our health professionals are asymptomatic, including two who are serving a period of isolation, waiting for the result of the COVID-19 test, as part of the health protocol established in the Caribbean nation.

In Jamaican territory, Cuban health professionals collaborate in the treatment of positive cases of Covid-19, suspicious patients, or others with diverse symptoms, in the primary and secondary levels of attention.

A few days before serving two months in Jamaica, the brigade of 138 internationalists of the Henry Reeve Contingent demonstrates the wisdom of their call, after carrying out 6,334 consultations and participating in the recovery of 38 citizens in danger of their lives.

The note from the Cuban diplomatic legation acknowledged the gratitude and good reception of the aid workers by the population and the authorities of the Jamaican Ministry of Health and Welfare.

During this stage, former prime ministers such as Bruce Golding and Percival James Patterson, as well as MP Lisa Hanna and Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, among other Jamaican government officials, signified Cuba's support and solidarity with their country in the face of the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Last February, both countries renewed the Bilateral Agreement on Technical Assistance in Health, signed in 2015, for another three years, in order to promote specialized care in different areas.

Mexican journalists join Nobel Peace Prize request for Cuban doctors

The request to the Sweden-Norway Academy to grant this award to the Henry Reeve medical brigade is a great initiativeMexican journalists joined on Friday to an increasingly universal request to grant the Nobel Peace Prize to the Henry Reeve Cuban Medical Brigade for their internationalist work.

Teodoro Rentería, on behalf of the National College-Graduate Journalism, Mexico section of the Latin American Federation of Journalists, the Federation of Associations of Mexican Journalists and the Primera Plana Club's Advisory Council expressed this remark in his daily column, one of the most widespread in Mexico.

Rentería describes the request to the Sweden-Norway Academy to grant this award to the Henry Reeve medical brigade as a great initiative, for fulfilling the merit “to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses,” as Alfred Nobel's will states.

Where an illness appears, call it cholera or Ebola, or there are earthquakes, category 5 hurricanes, severe floods and other storms where man did not respect nature and it reacted enraged, these doctors will be there.

That courage comes from Fidel and Marti's ideas, but also from the young man who gave his name to the health brigade, Henry Reeve, an U.S. citizen born in 1850, who embarked for Cuba aged 19 years to participate in the Ten Years' War (1868-1978) against Spanish colonialism and in 400 battles with 10 war wounds. He obtained the rank of colonel, the journalist recalls.

With information by RHC and PL News Agency