Cuba confirms 4 new cases of coronavirus and the number of infected rises to 25

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The cuban government confirmed on Saturday four new cases of coronavirus, which raises to 25 the number of infected people in the country, while reported 716 people suspicious.

A official note of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), diffused in the night of Saturday, indicates that, of the 25 patients diagnosed with the disease until the close of the Friday, 23 are hospitalized, presenting two in critical condition and one serious.

The statement requires that patients receive care and follow-up permanent by “a medical team of specialists in intensive therapy and the group of experts of the Ministry of Public Health”, and adds that the rest of the patients presented a clinical evolution stable.

According to the MINSAP, 716 people -who are considered suspects and remain placed under clinical surveillance-epidemiological centres of isolation and care created in Cuba for this purpose. Of those, 205 are foreign and 511 cubans.

Other 28 thousand 139 people are monitored in their homes by the Primary Health Care.

The official report of the MINSAP is dated the 21st of march at 8.00 a.m. and, however, it is not released throughout the day through any medium of the official press cuban, nor in the night-time emission of the National News Television (NTV), as happened in the previous days with the parties about the disease. It was not until the end of the sabbath, which was published on the website of the ministry, even when the report was issued at the close of Friday, 20 march.

Also, the note does not provide details on new confirmed cases of COVID-19, such as the nationality and age of the patients, or their provenance.

The cuban government announced on Wednesday 11 march first cases of coronavirus in the country to confirm the positive diagnosis of the disease in three Italian tourists, who had arrived in Cuba two days before and were staying in a hostel in the city of Trinidad, province of Sancti Spiritus.

One of the patients, who was in critical condition, he died on the 18th of march at the Institute of Tropical Medicine “Pedro Kourí”, Havana. The man, 61 years of age, had a history of bronchial asthma and began to submit “clinical manifestations of complications of the disease.”

This Friday, in the television space Round Table, the ruler Miguel Diaz-Canel announced a package of measures to address the advancement of the coronavirus in the country. The government regulations include the prohibition of entry of foreign tourists to Cubawith the aim of cutting the main route of transmission of the COVID-19, and to concentrate government efforts in detecting patients that still have not been identified as carriers of the virus.

The closure of the borders, air and sea, with the growing expansion of the pandemic in the world, was one of the measures demanded by the cubans inside and outside of the island. In this regard, it was reported that this will come into force next Tuesday the 24th of march, but the cuban authorities puntualizaron that “it is not as such the closure of the borders, but who is regulating the entry of people, except those who are residents in the national territory, whether they be cubans or foreigners”

The prime minister of cuba, Manuel Marrero Cruz said that until Friday they were in Cuba 60 thousand tourists, which would go returning to their countries in groups of 13 thousand each day. Going forward, he said, there will only be output of tourism personnel, not inputs.

This Saturday, the terminal 3 of José Martí International Airport of Havana was packed people who attempted to leave Cuba before their countries to close the access.

Until this Saturday, the pandemic coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 13 000 people in the world, while they are reported more than 300 000 cases of infection confirmed.