In critical condition, an Italian tourist sick of coronavirus in Cuba


One of the three italians hospitalized with coronavirus at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kourí (IPK) of Havana is in a critical condition, reported the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba (MINSAP) in a press release.

The man, 61-year-old is one of three tourists from that country that were positive for the Covid-19 last week in Cuba.

According to official sources, the patient has a history of bronchial asthma and began to submit “clinical manifestations of complications of the disease.”

Your state of health has deteroriado since Sunday and is currently with artificial ventilation in the intensive care room of that center.

Cuban health authorities make it clear that the other two Italian hospital maintains a clinical evolution stable so far.

The foreigners were identified last march 10 with respiratory symptoms and transferred to the IPK. All had stayed in Trinidad, province of Sancti Spíritus, although they had entered the country through the international airport José Martí of Havana.

The people who were in contact with the italians were isolated without symptoms, in this case the driver of the taxi that moved, the turoperadora and the five people in the hostal in Trinidad.

Cuba has reported four cases positive to the virus. In addition to the three foreigners there are also a cuban province of Villa Clara, married to a bolivian resident in Milan, Italy. This last also said that it remains stable and without danger to life.

The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, is the first cuban to be diagnosed with the condition in the national territory.

The minister of Health, Jose Angel Portal Miranda, reported this weekend that in the country there are currently 259 patients admitted for suspected coronavirus, of which 90 are foreigners and 169 cubans.

He also clarified that it has enabled across the country 1.442 beds in 11 hospitals, other 867 in 10 centres of isolation and 175 ambulances to care for patients with suspected coronavirus.

The cuban authorities have asked the cuban population responsibility and have cancelled most of the activities that involve large gatherings of people.

Also have been asked to maintain sanitary measures, and have urged the population to make their own nasobucos the shortage in the pharmacy network of the Island.

This Monday, the Government you have agreed to receive the british cruiser MS Braemarwith five confirmed cases of coronavirus. The boat, moored in the waters of the Bahamas, was refused to dock at other ports in the Caribbean.

“At this time (noon Monday in Havana) what we know is that the ship arrives to Mariel and, from there, travelers and crew members will be taken on bus to terminal 5 of the airport José Martí”, where you will be picked up two planes leased by the English government, told CiberCuba a source from Havana who preferred anonymity.

According to the company Fred Olsen Cruises Lines aboard the MS Braemar travel 682 tourists and 360 crew members. Among them there are five confirmed cases positive Covid-19 and over 40 people in isolation with respiratory symptoms.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba (MINREX), in charge of coordination, explained in a statement that “it will comply with the protocols of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health” for the scale, and evacuation of the passengers.