The 1,044 new SARS-CoV-2 virus infections reported on the first day of February set a new record in Cuba during its battle against the pandemic, which began for its inhabitants last year on March 11.
Most of the cases were autochthonous (1,022), illustrating the main reason for the transmission today, according to the information provided by the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) through the usual press conference of its director of Epidemiology, Dr. Francisco Duran.
Of the new patients, 980 were contacts of confirmed cases, while the imported infections of the day rose slightly to 22. The countries with incidence this time were the United States, Namibia and Spain.
Se confirmaron 1044 nuevos casos de #COVID19, para un acumulado de 28636.
5445 casos activos
5387 evolución clínica estable
31 pacientes en estado crítico
27 pacientes en estado grave
218 fallecidos (2 en el día)
22921 pacientes recuperados
2 evacuadoshttps://t.co/z5bmqd7vCb pic.twitter.com/87Ere3BsGh
— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) February 2, 2021
Havana continues to be the province with the highest number of daily cases, 483 today; in fact, nine of its municipalities have the highest incidence rate of the disease in the last 15 days.
But the situation is also complicated in territories such as Santiago de Cuba (165 infections today), Guantánamo (145) and Pinar del Río (58). The three registered the highest number of cases yesterday, and except for Camagüey, which did not report COVID-19 patients despite having reported 36 positive cases the previous day, all provinces diagnosed positive cases.
The situation in some places has been assessed by Dr. Durán as “very worrying,” as is the case with the Isla de la Juventud Special Municipality, whose total number of infections rose to 20 this Monday.
Dr. Francisco Durán underlined the day’s 1,065 discharges, which establish a “slightly positive balance,” although he stressed that these people continue their recovery under “a home admission until the PCR is repeated.”
In addition, the new coronavirus caused two deaths this Monday, residents in Havana: an 84-year-old man and a 90-year-old woman. With them the death toll already stands at 218 fatalities and the island’s lethality rate is 0.76%.
Until midnight on Monday, February 1, 12,017 patients were hospitalized, of them 5,445 were confirmed active cases. The number pf patients in intensive care also increased to 58; 31 in critical condition and 27 in serious condition.
The island’s laboratories processed 18,004 samples on Monday, according to information from the MINSAP.