In this new stage, the perception of risk in the population is of vital importance

The decision to establish the third phase of the post-COVID-19 recovery stage for the municipality of Las Tunas marks a new moment for this eastern Cuban province, which has opted since March 2020 for the advancement of restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- Gregory Pérez Héctor, provincial deputy director of Public Health in Las Tunas, confirmed to the Cuban News Agency that by the decision of the Temporary Working Group established to monitor the impacts of the disease, the provincial capital will apply more restrictive measures as of today.

Much of the success of the province lies in the imposition of control actions even though it has remained among those with the lowest incidence of the disease at the country level; however, the rebound that began during December triggers epidemiological alerts and it is advocated that the perception of risk is maintained and there is no type of relaxation.

The obligatory use of the facemask, the disinfection of hands, the use of footwear baths, and cleaning of surfaces are maintained both in public places and in work and educational centers; as well as the prohibition that people with symptoms of respiratory infections remain in common spaces, he said.

The suspension of services in bars, nightclubs, popular events, family gatherings, and the impediment of staying in parks and public squares after 7:00 evening continues among the most successful indications to maintain epidemiological control in this city.

Meanwhile, the care provided by the Health System foresees its reinforcement in community actions and - in recent days - centers have been set up for the isolation of direct contacts of confirmed cases and for the care of those who are suspected.

In addition, the Ernesto Guevara and Mártires de Las Tunas provincial hospitals have rooms for high-risk suspects; the Guillermo Domínguez hospital, in Puerto Padre, is ready once again for the care of symptomatic positive cases if the epidemiological situation so requires.

The entry and exit of the territory of Las Tunas are established in a more controlled manner under the authorization of the authorities. Public transport will limit its use to 75 percent, with strict compliance with sanitary measures and physical distancing.

In this new stage, the perception of risk in the population is of vital importance, especially in commercial establishments and state labor entities, since some lapses in the protocols have notably affected the incidence of the COVID-19 here.