The existing transmission foci and the violations in some state work centers of the guidelines for essential national trips occupy the authorities in Las Tunas in their confrontation with the new coronavirus pandemic.
Las Tunas, Cuba.- Meanwhile, the capacities to isolate contacts and suspects continue to expand here with actions towards the fitting out of new facilities for that purpose.
With the eight cases released on Monday, the province accumulates 330 positives to SARS-CoV-2, of which 63 autochthonous were detected in the last 15 days, placing the incidence rate at 11.82 per 100 thousand inhabitants, still the lowest in the country. The municipalities of Las Tunas and Amancio account for the majority of the new COVID-19 patients.
The Health System in this eastern Cuban province now faces 15 foci of transmission, 11 in the territorial capital, two in Amancio, and one respectively in the municipalities of Manatí and Puerto Padre.
In fact, some situations created around several of these foci equally illustrate the danger of a highly contagious disease and the low perception of risk by the population. For example, one of the two active outbreaks in Amancio generated 372 contacts of various kinds; one of those located in the Health area of the Aquiles Espinosa polyclinic, in the provincial capital, has 71 people under study and forced the temporary closure of three classrooms in a semi-boarding primary school, a similar number of class spaces in a polytechnic; in addition to a room in a childcare center and another in a kindergarten; as well as a department of a local company.
At the same time, the analyzes in the Temporary Working Group found excessive travel by officials or directors of state entities for work reasons to provinces with higher levels of transmission. Failure to comply with the provisions for these circumstances has already generated at least one source of COVID-19 transmission on the soil of Las Tunas. In this regard, Jaime Chiang Vega, provincial governor, gave clear indications to Health representatives to be severe with public decision-makers who directly or indirectly violate the biosecurity measures established to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Regarding them, he said, Decree Law 31 of the Council of Ministers, which imposes heavy fines on offenders, must also be applied in full.
On the other hand, it was learned that the necessary logistical arrangements are being made so that new isolation centers remain operational for contacts of confirmed cases. During this week, the 13 de Marzo school center and the Río Jobabo camping site, both in that municipality, as well as the Rita Longa pedagogical school, in the provincial capital, will have to go to that status.