One deceased and 56 new contagions from SARS-CoV-2 is the balance this virus leaves in Cuba today, according to the explanation offered by Dr. Francisco Durán, back on national television to give an update on the epidemiological situation of the island due to the new coronavirus.
Victim number 124 is a 74-year-old woman, resident in the Havana municipality of Marianao, whose evolution is detailed in today’s report by the health authorities.
290 casos activos
285 con evolución clínica estable
2 pacientes en estado crítico
3 pacientes en estado grave
5 mil 702 altas médicas
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— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) October 16, 2020
Regarding the new infections: all correspond to Cubans, 46 were indigenous cases and 10 were imported.
Of the total, 40 were related to confirmed cases, a group in which there has been a change in protocol, according to Dr. Durán, national director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP): “Contacts of confirmed and suspected cases are isolated at home.”
In three individuals the source of infection is not specified.
The ten imported cases, although they do not reveal a local transmission, are registered in the provinces of Guantánamo (three cases), Camagüey (two), Granma (two), the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud (one), Holguín (one) and Santiago de Cuba (one).
For their part, Havana, Sancti Spíritus, Pinar del Río and Ciego de Ávila reported the autochthonous cases of the last day.
Taking into account the incidence rate, the provinces with the “greatest epidemiological complexity” are Sancti Spíritus and Ciego de Ávila, with rates of 35.84 and 20.82 per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.
“In Havana there has been a significant reduction. Also in Guane, Pinar del Río, the situation has been complex,” added the specialist.
By age group, the most affected this time were between 40 and 59 years old, with 31 cases, followed by that of 20 to 39, with 12 cases; over 60, 12 cases and one under 20, who is also of pediatric age.
As of early morning yesterday, 2,062 people were hospitalized and the number of patients in intensive care had dropped to five.
Yesterday, 7,592 samples were taken to detect the virus, in a day with different results from the “behavior we had been having,” according to Dr. Durán.