The cuban government, together with the staff of the british, has begun the evacuation of the passengers of the cruise ship MS Braemar, where there are cases of coronavirus.
A caravan of autobusues, trucks and cars departed from the port of Mariel, where he arrived on the cruise, with destination to the International Airport Jose Martí of Havana.
The CNN correspondent in Cuba by Patrick Oppmann, reported that health officials cubans working to carry more than 600 passengers of the MS Braemar to the airport and then to the United Kingdom.
The middle official Granma said that before the arrival of the cruise on the Braemar to the country, Cuba has taken all control measures necessary to ensure the safety in transporting passengers.
Today in the morning dozens of buses of Transtur we arrived at the port of Mariel to transport tourists from the british cruiser MS Braemar, which docked Wednesday at the port area.
The cruise, travel to 682 tourists and 360 crew members, of which five are infected with Covid-19, and more than 40 people remain isolated by presenting respiratory symptoms, docked Wednesday at 07:00 (local time) in the port of Mariel to start the evacuation of the passengers.
Meanwhile, several british aircraft are ready in the International Airport Jose Martí of Havana to evacuate the passengers, and were bound for the United Kingdom.
Flights leased from British Airways will fly to Terminal 5 of London Heathrow. The first flights will leave Havana at 18: 00 hours (10 p. m. (Uk time) and will land at 06.30 (gmt Uk). The final flight will land at 10.30 am time of the british territory.
The arrival of this cruise to Cuba, after which no votes in several Caribbean ports, has caused great controversy between cubans, who believe that Cuba is not prepared to tackle this epidemic.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) justified the decision on the urgency of the care of the sick and the risk of contagion for the rest, and warns that it shall take the sanitary measures established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, according to a statement released Monday.
However, the cuban government cobrá more than two million u.s. dollars in concept of airport services for the evacuation of passengers and crew of the cruise ship MS Braemar, said to CiberCuba a source of the Civil Aviation of the island, who demanded anonymity.
The Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) of Cuba confirmed this 18th of march the first death on the Island due to the coronavirus. It is the patient of Italian nationality of 61 years of age, who was admitted in the intensive care unit of the Institute of Tropical Medicine “Pedro Kouri” in a critical state, and who passed away in the early hours of Wednesday.
Also confirmed three new cases of COVID19 by the molecular biology laboratory of the Provincial Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Villa Clara, which increases to 10 the number of cases in the country.