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The authorities confiscated 25,251 Cuban pesos (CUP) and 14 CUC in a backpack belonging to the center’s administrator. Photo: 5septiembre.cu

Corruption discovered in COVID-19 isolation center in Cuba

A police investigation uncovered “diversion” of food and corrupt accounting procedures in Villa Perlazúcar, the first isolation center for COVID-19 suspects in Cienfuegos, located on the outskirts of that city in central Cuba. The inspectors of the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) in charge of the investigation discovered “food shortages” ―especially chicken―in the center’s storage room, in addition to “administrative violations constituting a crime,” the newspaper 5 de septiembre reported this Thursday. During the investigation, the authorities occupied 25,251 Cuban pesos (CUP) and 14 convertible pesos (CUC) in a backpack belonging to the center’s administrator, who tried to justify the money as a result of sales made to the center’s workers, but without documentation that would back them, according to the source. Given the signs of “lack of control,” the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (OIC) of MININT, in charge of the investigation, requested a supervision action of the enterprise, in which they verified a preliminary economic effect of 45,910.24 CUP. The revised documentation shows that, for several days, the number of meals that were declared were well above what the villa actually had. Major Ángel Lorenzo García, an ICO officer who is conducting the process, said that statements by the...

Havana and Matanzas, again the only provinces to report new infections. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

Another day without deaths, 10 new infections and less hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Cuba

Yesterday was another day without deaths from COVID-19 in Cuba. Contagion cases dropped to 10, as in March, when the pandemic began on the island. The number of hospitalized also decreased and now is 913. “It’s not that we have solved, there is a better result, there is a greater recovery of patients," said Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), at the morning briefing. He said that among the newly infected there were more women than men (7 to 3) and that nine of them had contact with SARS-CoV-2 virus positive patients. He also highlighted that three of them are children. 60.0% of new infections were asymptomatic and the most affected age groups were those under 40 years of age, with six cases, and those over 60 years of age, with four. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1261283933976698881 Until midnight on May 14, when the health authorities collected this information, 3 patients were reported in critical condition and 6 in serious condition. On the same day, 42 people were discharged, for a total of 1,425 recovered. To date, 2,947 people have been under primary healthcare surveillance in their homes and Cuba has processed 77,374 tests.

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Study to detect positive cases in asymptomatic persons starts in Camagüey

The study to detect positive cases of the new coronavirus in apparently healthy people who are not contacts of patients or suspects has already started in Camagüey. The director of the Provincial Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology in that province, Dr. Juan Llambías Peláez, said that “the study foresees the taking of a nasopharyngeal sample to know in real time the progress of COVID-19 with tests known as PCR, which detect the new coronavirus before the disease manifests itself.” Families in predetermined areas in the municipalities of Najasa, Jimaguayú, Florida, Minas and Camagüey, are voluntarily submitting to the test, which is carried out by taking samples every 21 days. The study will detect positive cases of the new coronavirus. Many of the patients in the province are asymptomatic. https://oncubanews.com/cuba/ciencia/salud-en-cuba/coronavirus-salud-en-cuba/siete-nuevos-casos-positivos-en-camaguey/ The lack of symptoms that warn of the possibility of contagion constitutes an element that tends to minimize the perception of risk in the population, Dr. Llambías said. “We insist on individual responsibility because we have noticed a certain tendency to consider that the situation is resolved; but, moreover, no one can do more for our health than ourselves. All preventive measures are maintained with frequent hand washing with soap and...

Cuba has processed a total of 75,142 tests, of which 1,830 have been positive. The death toll is 79. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

This morning finds Cuba without deaths and with 20 cases of COVID-19

The authorities of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported this morning there were no deaths and 20 new infections from COVID-19. The patients registered at midnight yesterday correspond to Cubans and only in one case is the source of infection not specified. Their geographical distribution is as follows: Havana: 10 cases (3 from the municipality of San Miguel del Padrón; Centro Habana and Arroyo Naranjo, 2 each; Playa, Boyeros and La Lisa, 1 each). Matanzas: 10 cases (7 from Matanzas municipality; Limonar, Jovellanos and Los Arabos, 1 each). https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1260922490173325313 Of this total, 75.0% were women and, by age group, the most affected were concentrated in those under 40, with 11 cases, and between 40 and 60 years, with 9. Of the 20 people, 17 were asymptomatic. Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology, has also underlined that “one of the lowest figures” has been reported in terms of hospitalization, which reached 1,046 people. As of midnight yesterday, May 13, 2,749 people were under primary healthcare surveillance in their homes. The number of recovered from the new coronavirus on the island has reached 1,383 after 57 discharges yesterday. Three patients were reported in critical condition and six in serious condition....

A worker produces artemisinin, a medicine to treat malaria, at a plant in Rongan County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. Photo: Xinhua

Speeding up of first Cuba-China biotech park project to produce medicines

According to a dispatch from the Prensa Latina news agency, Cuba and China decided to speed up a project to establish the first joint biotech park to develop, produce and market the island’s drugs. Cuban Ambassador to China Carlos Miguel Pereira and Huang Liansheng, president of Guangxi Fukang Medical Investment and Management Co. Ltd., said this is a key work of bilateral cooperation. The biotech park is an agreement between the BioCubaFarma group and the aforementioned Chinese entity. It will be installed in the Fangchenggang Development Zone, with prospects of becoming an experimental industrial hub in drug research and procurement for China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It includes building a cooperative platform to provide better public health services and a joint venture that will develop Cuban drugs for heart and cerebrovascular disorders, and different cancers, among others. The Fangchenggang Development Zone in southern China. Photo: Wikipedia. According to Pereira, this work will open the way for other plans in a sector in which both countries have strong ties. He appreciated the efforts of Guangxi Fukang to promote the project and highlighted its relevance because it coincides with other initiatives by Cuba and the...

Havana and Ciego de Ávila, the only provinces that reported coronavirus cases in Cuba today. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Lowest number of infections in Cuba since March: 6 positive cases. One death from COVID-19 in the day

The infections reported today in Cuba are the lowest since March 22; 6 positive cases, although there was one death, Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), reported in his usual press conference. Now, the pandemic on the island has left up to 79 deaths and 1,810 confirmed cases. The new victim of COVID-19 was an 83-year-old woman, a resident of Bauta, Artemisa. The data on her medical evolution are explained in the report published today. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1260561240402939911 The new infections correspond to Cubans; 4 were asymptomatic and the majority continue to be concentrated in the capital. Their residence is as follows: Havana, with 5 people detected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (San Miguel del Padrón, La Lisa, Plaza, Cerro and Arroyo Naranjo, one each), and Ciego de Ávila, with one in the municipality of Bolivia. Meanwhile, 49 patients were discharged yesterday to raise the number of recovered to 1,326. Three patients are reported in critical condition and four in serious condition. As of midnight yesterday, May 12, 1,553 people were hospitalized for clinical epidemiological surveillance; another 3,256 are under primary healthcare surveillance in their homes. To date, the country has processed a total of...

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Lawsuit against Amazon under Helms-Burton Act dismissed

Federal Judge Robert N. Scola yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Amazon, covered by Title III of the Helms-Burton Act. The electronic commerce giant had asked the judge to reject the lawsuit filed by Daniel A. González, grandson of the late Miguel González Rodríguez, who with the Revolution lost an 810-hectare estate in the then-Orient province, where vegetable coal is produced today with marabú. González also sued Susshi International, a Florida-based company, for selling the coal, which can also be purchased on Amazon, produced on the Oriente-based estate under the Fogo brand. Judge Scola had dismissed the lawsuit in first instance, but offered González the option to modify it, which his lawyers did, but even so they didn’t achieve their purpose, as demonstrated by the judicial decision issued today. Basically the main reason why Scola decided that the lawsuit cannot continue to be processed is that González was unable to demonstrate that he meets the requirement to own the rights to property confiscated since before March 12, 1996, when the Helms-Burton Act was passed. The lawsuit had been filed in September 2019 by González, who alleged that “Amazon profited from and trafficked with the confiscated property by selling on its...

The COVID-19 death toll in Cuba is 78. The infections total 1,804. Havana is the province with the highest number of cases. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Coronavirus in Cuba: of the 21 new infections, 19 in Havana

Today the news regarding COVID-19 in Cuba begins this way: one death and 21 new infections, of which 19 occurred in Havana, a province that has been reporting the largest number of cases to reach the figure of 868 patients. The municipalities that show the highest concentration of cases are Centro Habana, Cotorro, Habana del Este and Cerro, with 361 infections, according to the newspaper Tribuna de La Habana. However, at midnight yesterday, the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported there were no deaths in the capital, which, nevertheless, remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Cuba. The new victim is a 58-year-old man, a resident of in Matanzas, whose medical evolution is described in the medical report. The 21 new infections are Cubans; 17 of them were asymptomatic. Their geographical location is as follows: Havana: 19 cases (9 from Playa municipality; 3 from Centro Habana municipality; Cotorro and Habana del Este, 2 each; San Miguel del Padrón, La Lisa and Marianao, 1 each). Matanzas: 1 case (from Limonar municipality). Ciego de Ávila: 1 case (from Ciego de Ávila municipality). At the close of May 11, 1,148 people were hospitalized for clinical epidemiological surveillance and another 3,907 were under primary...

The strategy that the government will implement consists of two stages, explained Gil Fernández: the first is related to the immediate recovery of economic activity after the pandemic, while the second will seek to strengthen the national economy. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Cuba adjusts its annual economic plan in light of coronavirus situation

Cuba adjusted the economy plan for 2020 due to the current situation generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, at the same time as it began to carry out the economic plan for the coming year, taking into account the nation’s economic and social development. The decision was announced at a recent meeting of the Cuban Council of Ministers, where other indications were announced for the economic strategy planned for the recovery stage from the pandemic that is affecting today the entire planet. Minister of Economy and Planning Alejandro Gil Fernández announced that this readjustment is carried out given the present exceptional situation, and confirmed that work is also underway on the National Plan for Economic and Social Development until 2030. “In addition, it is necessary to have an economic strategy for recovery and organize the development of the Cuban economy, in a world crisis scenario,” said the official. The strategy that the government will implement consists of two stages, explained Gil Fernández: the first is related to the immediate recovery of economic activity after the pandemic, while the second will seek to strengthen the national economy. https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba/economy/cuban-economy/cuba-current-economic-emergencies-for-a-post-covid-19-context/ The first stage will consist of several phases; first, services and activities will be...

Two months after the first case: to date the result of the pandemic in Cuba is 1,783 positive cases and 77 deaths. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

Another day without deaths in Cuba from COVID-19; new infections: 17

Two months after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported, the health authorities in Cuba today reported 17 new patients and no deaths, for a total of 1,783 positive cases and 77 deaths from the pandemic. Of the new infections, 16 acquired the disease due to having been in contact with already detected cases; meanwhile, in an individual the source of contagion was not established; 88.2% of that total was asymptomatic. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1259838242507165704 The residence of the confirmed cases is as follows: Havana: 6 cases (Cotorro and Regla municipalities, 2 each; Arroyo Naranjo and Old Havana, 1 each). Matanzas: 3 cases (2 from Matanzas municipality; 1 from Limonar municipality). Villa Clara: 1 case (from Santa Clara municipality). Camagüey: 7 cases (6 from Camagüey municipality; 1 from Florida municipality). Of the total reported today, 10 were male. The most affected aged groups were between 40 and 59 years old, with seven cases; followed by the group between 20 to 39 years, with six. In its report today, MINSAP informed of one critically ill patient and six seriously ill patients. At the close of midnight yesterday, at the time of this report, 1,553 patients were hospitalized for clinical epidemiological surveillance and another 3,900...

One of the microphotographs of the sample taken from a patient with coronavirus in Cuba. Photo: @cuba_cea/Twitter.

Cuban scientists take micrographs of the coronavirus for first time

Scientists from the Cuban Center for Advanced Studies (CEA) and the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) managed to capture an image of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus, the first to be obtained from clinical samples in Cuba. The images of the virus were obtained using the scanning electron microscopy technique, according to a publication on the CEA’s Twitter account, the Agencia Cubana de Noticias news agency reported this Sunday. https://twitter.com/cuba_cea/status/1258864730481012737 According to the source, this technique allows producing high-resolution images of the surface of a sample at microscopic sizes, and has applications in different branches, such as in the petrochemical and metallurgy industries. Inaugurated last July as the national headquarters for research in this field, and focused mainly on the areas of biotechnology and medicine, the CEA is dedicated to the development of nanosciences and nanotechnologies. https://oncubanews.com/cuba/ciencia/cuba-inaugura-un-centro-de-estudios-avanzados-en-nanociencias/ Located west of Havana, the CEA is multidisciplinary. Among its main purposes is to promote the presence of Cuba in the international market for bionanotechnology, a discipline that seeks to build machines at the nanometric scale using the knowledge of molecular biology. Last March it was learned that the CEA contributes to the development of the country, since it is projected to obtain...

Cuba reported 12 new positive coronavirus cases and three deaths on May 10, 2020. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Cuba reports 12 new cases and three deaths from COVID-19

Cuba registered 12 new positive cases with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and three deaths from COVID-19 at the close of Saturday, Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), reported at a press conference. Almost two months after the first reports of people infected with the coronavirus on the island, 1,766 cases and 77 deaths from the disease have already been reported, according to official data. 12 new cases of #COVID19 were confirmed, for a total of 1766 in #Cuba. ▪ 594 active positive cases ▪ 488 with stable clinical evolution ▪ 1 critically ill patient ▪ 5 patients in serious condition ▪ 77 deceased ▪ 1,193 discharges ▪ 2 evacuees https://t.co/Ew2SqIpxFi twitter.com/rH26jLj9TJ Source: Cuban Ministry of Public Health (@MINSAPCuba) May 10, 2020 Until yesterday there were 1,894 suspicious patients hospitalized in Cuba; 494 others are active cases of COVID-19, one of them in critical condition and five in serious condition. A total of 4,081 people are in their homes under public healthcare epidemiological surveillance. Durán stated that 53 people were discharged on Saturday, and now the island has a total of 1,193 people recovered after being hospitalized for testing positive to the coronavirus....

Cuban virtual stores will close in stages to “perfect” their management

The virtual stores of the Cuban state corporation Cimex will close in stages in the coming weeks to “perfect the inventory and billing management system.” According to a note published by Cimex on its Facebook profile, each store will notify of its closure on its page on the TuEnvío platform (www.tuenvio.cu), used by the corporation for its e-commerce operations. “The precise closing date will be reported on each page in due course,” the note said. https://www.facebook.com/cimexcuba/posts/644462779743332 Cimex reported that during the closing the home deliveries and in-store deliveries ―of stores distributed in all Cuban provinces―of the purchases already made by customers will be maintained, “but no new orders will be received during work days.” A corporation official explained to the official Cubadebate site that “closings must occur during one day, a day in which several processes will be automated and all inventories will be reconciled.” However, the page of the Carlos III store in Havana, which has already stopped operating, this Friday notified customers that its closure would last for several days, until next May 12, due to “adjustments in its logistics process.” Screenshot of the Carlos III virtual store page on the TuEnvío platform, on...

The neighborhood of Los Sitios in times of coronavirus. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Centro Habana municipality in isolation

According to the newspaper Tribuna de La Habana, as of Friday night at 8 pm the Centro Habana municipality was left in isolation by decision of the Provincial Defense Council (CDP). Since last Wednesday, says the note, measures have been increasing to create the conditions for this epidemiological status. Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, president of the CDP, told the press: “we’re not talking about quarantine, only defined increased measures to confront COVID-19, associated with social isolation, the epidemiological situation, health personnel, the protection of the population and social communication.” The authorities also specified that not all the streets of the municipality will be closed, since urban traffic would be interrupted. It was decided that the buses would pass through the site without stopping. https://oncubanews.com/cuba/reforzaran-aislamiento-social-en-centro-habana-por-expansion-de-la-covid-19/ Similarly, there is a proposal for Centro Habana and the Popular Councils of Luyanó Moderno (San Miguel del Padrón) and of Latinoamericano (Cerro). It consists in giving each family nucleus an identification card to buy products in the stores and points of sale of the Cimex, Caribe and Caracol groups. It was announced that the bearer of the document must be of legal age and that the measure is implemented to contribute to the order and...

Cuba has a 4.2% death rate, ranking it in 13th place in the Americas region. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

Thirteen infections and no deaths today in Cuba from COVID-19

Cuba did not report deaths today, but 13 cases of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, a disease that since the pandemic was declared has left 74 dead and 1,754 patients on the island. The report, which closed at midnight on Friday, May 8, was given by Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), who commented that the country has a 4.2% death rate, ranking it in 13th place in the Americas region. The new infections correspond to Cubans. Their distribution by province is as follows: Pinar del Río: 1 case (from Pinar del Río municipality). Havana: 9 cases (San Miguel del Padrón and Boyeros, 2 each, Old Havana, Centro Habana, Arroyo Naranjo, Diez de Octubre and Plaza de la Revolución, 1 each). Matanzas: 2 cases (from Matanzas municipality). Ciego de Ávila: 1 case (from the municipality of Venezuela). https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1259115504087764994 Of the new patients, six had contact with positive cases, and the same number of individuals did not specify the source of infection; one was reported has having the origin of the infection abroad. Eight are women and the most affected age groups were: 40 to 60 years, with seven individuals;...

Immunoassay Center. Photo: RHC.

Closer to diagnosing the new coronavirus with Cuban technology

According to a report by the Agencia de Información Nacional (AIN) news agency, the Immunoassay Center (CIE) has just completed the development stage of the UMELISA SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test, a reagent from the SUMA network of laboratories capable of detecting the new virus in more people. The communicator and specialist of the CEI Deputy Department of Investigations, Rebeca González Fernández, said that since the beginning of the pandemic, work has been underway to put to use the SUMA technology during the health crisis. All Cuban municipalities have a network of SUMA laboratories, which allows reaching a greater number of investigated population with emphasis on asymptomatic people who have the disease. https://youtu.be/-uva4oo46k4 She also said that field tests will be carried out to cover the protocol outlined by the State Center for the Control of Medicines and Medical Equipment. Then it would go to the production, distribution and training stage for the network of laboratories. There is a vast experience with SUMA technology, since it has been used on the island since the 1980s. Having its own technology to detect the new coronavirus guarantees lower production costs and reduces the import of highly prized products due to the current crisis. The...

The total death toll from the new coronavirus in Cuba is 74; meanwhile, the contagions reaches 1,741 people. Photo: EFE / Ernesto Mastrascusa.

Number of infections by COVID-19 in Cuba today dropped to 12. Only one deceased reported

The pace of the pandemic in Cuba continues to show encouraging figures. Yesterday 12 new infections were reported, although one person died, the authorities from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) reported today. The most recent victim of COVID-19 was a woman resident in Plaza de la Revolución municipality, Havana. She was 77 years old and had a medical history explained in the report. Now the total death toll is 74, while the contagion reaches 1,741 people. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1258750840996839424 Yesterday’s 12 identified cases were Cuban: 10 had contacts with confirmed cases and in two individuals the source of infection is not specified. Their residence by province and municipality is as follows: Havana: 4 cases (2 from the Arroyo Naranjo municipality; San Miguel del Padrón and Centro Habana, 1 each). Matanzas: 1 case (from Cárdenas municipality). Villa Clara: 3 cases (2 from Santa Clara municipality; 1 from Corralillo). Ciego de Ávila: 2 cases (from the Morón municipality). Camagüey: 1 case (from Camagüey municipality). Las Tunas: 1 case (from Amancio municipality). Of all the new infections, seven were male; the most affected age groups are concentrated between 40 to 60 years, with 50% of cases, followed by those under 40 (33.3%). Nine of...

City of Guantánamo. Photo: WordPress.

Guantánamo: main source of coronavirus infection are Cuban asymptomatic travelers

The main source of infection for most of the coronavirus-positive Guantánamo people is related to asymptomatic national travelers, said Dr. Aimée Blanco Chibás, head of the Department of Transmissible Diseases at the Provincial Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology. In a note from the digital newspaper Venceremos, the doctor indicated that until now only the origin of the contagion of a patient from the municipality of Maisí, the last confirmed case in that territory, remains to be specified. She added that in the other 16 cases, the epidemiological investigation was concluded, which allowed the tracking and diagnosis of 10 to 15 direct contacts per person to break the chain of transmission by early isolation of the suspects. According to the publication, six Guantánamo residents remain in the Joaquín Castillo Duany Military Hospital in Santiago de Cuba. There have been three discharges of patients from Baracoa, bringing the number of patients who have recovered from the disease to 10 in the province. Dr. Luis Armando Venereo Izquierdo, an epidemiologist at the Provincial Department of Health, reported that among the hospitalized there is the case of 69-year-old man who is progressing satisfactorily despite his history of chronic illnesses. Guantánamo, he said, maintains the...

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Coronavirus in Cuba: 4 deaths and 26 infections reported today

Yesterday COVID-19 produced 4 deaths and 26 new infections in Cuba. Now, the records stand at 73 deceased and 1,729 patients with the new coronavirus since the pandemic was detected on the island. The information was given this morning by Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), who, after regretting the deaths and offering condolences to families, added that 3 people are reported serious and 5 in critical condition. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1258397722769526785 The deceased resided in the provinces of Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus and Havana. All of them male. A 83-year-old man, resident in Camajuaní, Villa Clara, with a history of high blood pressure and ischemic heart disease; another 79 years old, from Guanabacoa, with hypertension, ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and esophageal neoplasia. The third case corresponds to a 94-year-old man, from San Miguel del Padrón, with bronchial asthma and senile dementia; and, the fourth, to a 92-year-old man, from Sancti Spíritus, with ischemic heart disease and senile dementia. The evolution of all patients appears widely explained in the MINSAP report. The infections reported today correspond to Cubans. Of these, 14 are women and 16 were asymptomatic. The residence by province and municipality of...

Obispo Street during the coronavirus. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Study on seroprevalence and prevalence of COVID-19 in Cuba

The Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) began a research on the immune status of the population, aimed at determining seroprevalence (presence of antibodies) and prevalence of COVID-19 on the island. The study, recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), is the first of its kind in the region of the Americas and one of the few carried out in the world, the Infomed website reported this Tuesday. According to the source specialized in health issues, the research aims to obtain “precise estimates of the immune status of the population, monitor the evolution of the epidemic and identify the most important risk factors to get infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” A team of epidemiologists, statisticians, virologists and other health specialists has randomly selected around 4,000 citizens, who will be the subject of an inquiry into demographic, clinical and other relevant biological variables. https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba/how-many-people-are-at-risk-in-cuba-from-covid-19/ The subjects of the sample―representative of the entire Cuban population―will be examined periodically for at least two months as of the first half of May. According to Infomed, the research work is structured around the Cuban primary health care system, and will include the participation of duly qualified professionals from 70 municipalities on the island. Since the...

For the second consecutive day, Cuba doesn’t report deaths from the new coronavirus. The total number of infected is 1,703. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

More than a thousand recovered from COVID-19 in Cuba

After a day of encouraging news for Cuba in its resistance to the coronavirus, Dr. Francisco Durán reported this Wednesday morning that the figures remain optimistic. Those recovered already exceed a thousand, and the country has reached the fifth day reporting more discharges than positive cases. Another good news given by the national director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) is that yesterday only 18 new infections were registered, and there were no deaths. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1258027826965512192 The distribution by province of the new positive cases is as follows: Havana, 8; Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila and Holguín, 2 each; while Mayabeque and Camagüey reported one each. All of the recent infections correspond to Cubans; 12 had contacts with confirmed cases, 3 had the source of infection abroad and in 3 individuals the origin of the infection was not specified; 10 were women. The most affected age groups are concentrated between 40 to 59 years, with 10 cases, followed by those over 60, with 5 and groups between 20 to 40 years, with 2; 14 people were detected without symptoms. At the close of the information collected by MINSAP, 4 patients were in critical condition and 10...

Until midnight this Monday, Cuba registered 1,685 patients with COVID-19 and 69 deceased. Photo: EFE/Yander Zamora/Archive.

COVID-19 on the wane in Cuba: only 17 cases and no deaths this Monday

Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) has again given an update on the progress of COVID-19 in Cuba. At the close of the fourth day of May, only 17 infections were reported, while confirming there were no deaths. Thus, up to the present, 1,685 patients have been registered on the island since the pandemic started being reported, which, on the island alone, has left 69 deaths. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1257666980888403969 The 17 cases reported as of midnight this Monday are Cuban; of them, 10 are women. The most affected age groups are concentrated between 40 and 60 years (7 cases), followed by those over 60 (6); 47.1% of the total was asymptomatic. The geographical distribution of the new patients is as follows: Havana: 9 cases (2 from the municipality of San Miguel del Padrón; the municipalities of Centro Habana, Arroyo Naranjo, Old Havana, Plaza, Cotorro, La Lisa and Diez de Octubre, 1 each). Mayabeque: 1 case (from San José de las Lajas municipality). Matanzas: 1 case (from Cárdenas municipality). Villa Clara: 2 cases (1 from Santa Clara municipality; 1 from Camajuaní municipality). Sancti Spíritus: 1 case (from Sancti Spíritus municipality). Camagüey: 1 case (from Camagüey...

The provinces that detected new infections yesterday were Havana (16), Matanzas (1), Santiago de Cuba (1) and the Isla de la Juventud (1). Photo: EFE/Ernesto Mastrascusa/Archive.

Number of COVID-19 infections in Cuba falls to 19; two new deceased

Today’s update: 2 deaths and 19 new COVID-19 infections in Cuba, according to the authorities of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). The number of patients, which dropped again, now amounts to 1,668 people, while 69 have died due to the pandemic. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1257314682831908864 Those who died at the close of midnight on May 3 were a 79-year-old woman, previously afflicted with lung cancer, hypertension and obesity, and an 82-year-old man with a history of prostate cancer and frequent respiratory infections. The medical evolution of both appears in the MINSAP report. The 19 new infections correspond to Cubans, of which 13 had links to confirmed cases; meanwhile, in 6 individuals the source of infection has not been identified; 16 of them were asymptomatic. The provinces that detected new infections were Havana (16), Matanzas (1), Santiago de Cuba (1) and the Isla de la Juventud (1). Forty-nine patients were discharged yesterday, to join a list of recoveries totaling 876 people. Three patients were reported in critical condition and six in serious condition. Until the closure of the information collected by the MINSAP, 2,543 people remained hospitalized, while 6,188 people were under primary healthcare surveillance. To date, Cuba has processed 55,542 tests. Only...

A group of 83 Cubans stranded in different regions of Ecuador returned to the island on a humanitarian flight managed by the Caribbean diplomatic authorities in the Andean country. Photo: Taken from Prensa Latina.

A group of 83 Cubans stranded in Ecuador returns to the island

A Cubana de Aviación flight brought back to the island 83 citizens who were stuck in Ecuador due to the coronavirus pandemic. The IL-96 aircraft that carried out the transfer had previously returned to that Andean nation about 200 Ecuadorians stranded in Cuba. The operation was carried out this Saturday without any complications, organized by the island’s embassy in Quito and its consulate, and supported by the representatives of Cubana de Aviación in Ecuador, where the company only works with cargo. From the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, in the Ecuadorian capital, the flight departed with a group of Cubans who were scattered throughout different provinces of the South American nation, which closed its borders in mid-March, when it also limited inter-provincial mobility and public events. These Cubans were waiting for the resumption of commercial operations, but the Ecuadorian government has decided to extend the closure of its borders throughout the month of May. The only option left then was a repatriation flight, as had happened with the stranded Cubans in Peru and Guyana. Although this humanitarian flight is a relief for all those who boarded, there are still pending requests from Cubans interested in traveling to their places of origin,...

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What is known about the man who attacked the Cuban embassy in the United States?

The day after the attack on the Cuban embassy in Washington DC not much is known about the shooter, except that his name is Alexander Alazo, he is 42 years old and resides in Aubrey, a town located about 50 miles north of Dallas, Texas. Public records show that he has connections to Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. According to those public records, to which The Miami Herald daily had access, Alazo lived in Florida in Miami-Dade and Broward counties between 2011 and 2017, the latter year when he moved to Texas. He has no criminal record and is licensed to practice as a masseuse, first issued in Florida and then renewed in Texas. According to a Secret Service spokeswoman, he was arrested on charges of possession of unregistered firearms and ammunition, assault with the intent to kill, and possession of a high-capacity weapon. https://youtu.be/cWm_VRB2Qys CCN # 20065452 of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department states that at the time of his arrest, to which he had no posed resistance, an AK-47 assault rifle, ammunition, and “a white powder substance were confiscated in a small sachet.” The initial judicial hearing of his case was postponed yesterday, Thursday, April 30, in the...

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