COVID-19 in Cuba

• Cuba reports only one new case of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours • WHO and PAHO praise effectiveness of Cuban health system in battle against pandemic • Cuban medical brigade provides healthcare in Turks and Caicos Islands • Minister of Health of Andorra praises the work of the Cuban medical brigade • Turkish media highlight Cuba's solidarity in Covid-19 health crisis 

Cuba reports only one new case 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 was only one new case detected of COVID-19, for a total of 2,341 positive cases across the island.

During his daily press briefing held Tuesday morning, Dr. Duran said that over the past 24 hours - up to 12 midnight Monday night - fortunately, no patients died from the coronavirus. A total of 86 patients have died in Cuba over the past three months.

To date, 2,214 patients have recovered - with three patients released from hospitalization during the day on Monday.

WHO and PAHO praise effectiveness of Cuban health system in battle against pandemic

PAHO / WHO praised the capacity and effectiveness of the island's health system in the integral confrontation with COVID-19Through its representative in Cuba, the Pan American and World Health organizations praised the capacity and effectiveness of the island's health system in the integral confrontation with COVID-19, through an intersectoral national plan, led by the Government of Cuba.

Speaking to Prensa Latina news agency, Peruvian epidemiologist José Moya highlighted the role played by the primary care network in the immediate identification of cases that began to test positive for the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus, following the announcement of the first reports of patients in the country in March - a mobilization that he described as the basis for subsequent achievements in controlling the epidemic.

He mentioned that the application of PCR molecular tests, carried out in real-time, to infected people and their contacts, as well as prevention and control measures, materialized in social isolation, satisfactorily contained the spread, and allowed work on epidemiological observation and medical treatment with the affected groups.

He particularly highlighted the role that the strategy of mass communications has meant in terms of behavior and management of the pandemic, through constant updating of the people, from the daily morning conferences offered by Dr. Francisco Durán, the frequent appearances of the Minister of Public Health José Angel Portal Miranda, and the permanent approach to the subject by President Miguel Díaz-Canel.

On behalf of both entities, which are leaders in health management at a continental and global level, their representative also recognized the meritorious and decisive role of Cuban Science and Technology, including universities, in the national articulation of the confrontation with COVID-19.

Cuban medical brigade provides healthcare in Turks and Caicos Islands

The Cuban health workers are sharing their experiences at the InterHealth Canada HospitalThe Cuban medical brigade members of the 'Henry Reeve' Contingent are currently providing healthcare in Turks and Caicos Islands, to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Dr. Alfredo Morán, head of the "Henry Reeve" internationalist contingent, the Cuban health workers are sharing their experiences at the InterHealth Canada Hospital; after completing the 15-day quarantine period in the British overseas territory.

In dialogue with Prensa Latina via the internet, the Cuban doctor highlighted the favorable health condition of the 20 members of the brigade, when RT-PCR diagnostic tests, as established by local authorities in the isolation period, gave negative results.

Morán said that during the first week, doctors and nurses from the Henry Reeve Brigade will assist coronavirus patients at the hospital center, becoming familiar with the processes and management of the digital medical record.

The chief of the contingent told Prensa Latina that the Cuban health professionals begin their activities amid a complex scenario in the islands, as 29 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last week, totaling 41 patients. No deaths were registered.

Cuba and Turks and Caicos Islands signed a three-month agreement to provide additional medical support to intensive care units, with the possibility of extending it to a longer period if necessary.

Minister of Health of Andorra praises the work of the Cuban medical brigade

Minister of Health of Andorra, Joan Martínez BenazetMadrid.- The Minister of Health of Andorra, Joan Martínez Benazet, praised the work carried out by the Cuban medical brigade that collaborated with this European country for three months in the fight against the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus.

"It has been a luxury to have the Cuban medical brigade in Andorra," the minister emphasized in a video sent to Prensa Latina news agency from the Panorama Hotel, which during this time welcomed the 39 health professionals from Cuba.

Martinez Benazet went to the hotel in Andorra la Vieja, the capital of the Principality, to say goodbye to the members of the Henry Reeve International Contingent who will return to the island in a few hours after completing their mission.

The Andorran health official said that when the team of Cuban professionals arrived in late March, the Pyrenean nation was already badly hit by COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

"We had an infection rate of 1,100 people per 100,000 inhabitants, equivalent to those in the most affected cities in Europe," he recalled.

However, he considered that thanks to a combination of factors it was possible to control the virus quickly and achieve one of the lowest death rates in the environment of this small state, with some 77,000 inhabitants and located between Spain and France.

Among these elements, he mentioned the discipline of the citizens, who followed the guidelines of the health authorities and were confined to their homes, a health system with certain robustness and the reinforcement of that system with the doctors and nurses of Cuba.

Turkish media highlight Cuba's solidarity in Covid-19 health crisis

Cuban medical brigade in Guinea Bissau Ankara.- The Turkish Sol news website reported on Tuesday the presence of a Cuban medical brigade in Guinea-Bissau to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and highlighted Cuba's solidarity with over thirty countries.

Belonging to the Henry Reeve Contingent, the medical brigade is made up of 11 doctors and 10 nurses, according to the website, which recalled Cuba sent physicians to that African country between 2014 and 2016 during the Ebola epidemic.

Likewise, that source stood out that almost 3,000 healthcare workers from Cuba support the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in 35 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe.

On Monday, the Anadolu news agency also echoed Cuba's solidarity with Guinea-Bissau and cited the appreciation of authorities of the World Health Organization and nationals, who recalled the island's help in the independence of their nation.

In the article, the news agency mentioned in particular the presence of the Cuban brigades in South Africa since April at the request of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Meanwhile, the Sol news website alludes to the control of the disease in Cuba and the high recovery rate, when the country registers 2,214 recoveries from COVID-19, of the 2,341 Covid-19 cases positives, and 86 deaths, according to the Ministry Public Health.

With information by RHC and PL