In a press conference, Dr. Francisco Durán reported this Friday that yesterday the SARS-CoV-2 virus left 58 new infections in Cuba, identified in four territories among which Pinar del Río continues to present the highest number of contagions, 29 this time.
In fact, it is the province with the most COVID-19 patients in the last 15 days, according to Durán, who stressed that, due to the 193 cases registered in this period, the incidence rate of the westernmost territory is now 33.06 per 100,000 inhabitants.
450 casos activos
445 con evolución clínica estable
2 pacientes en estado crítico
3 pacientes en estado grave
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— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) October 23, 2020
“Actually, what happens in Pinar del Río is the consequence of the high transmissibility of the disease,” said Durán, who added, “Perhaps there was not enough surveillance in some places to detect it on time.”
The other provinces that presented infections this time, and of which details are found in the report, were Artemisa (19 cases in one municipality: Caimito), Sancti Spíritus (seven from two territories, the main municipality and Cabaiguán) and Ciego de Ávila (three in the main municipality).
The new contagions correspond to Cubans and all of the cases were autochthonous: 57 were contacts of confirmed cases and only in one individual the source of infection is not specified.
Again, male patients predominate (43-15), and of the total, 39 were asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis.
By age group, the most affected was those under 20 years of age, with 22 cases, of which 19 were of pediatric age. The rest were: 11 cases between 20 and 39 years old; 12, from 40 to 59; and 13 over 60 years.
At midnight yesterday, 3,489 people remained hospitalized; while five patients were in intensive care: two in critical condition and three in serious condition. Only 28 were discharged.
A total of 7,107 samples were processed in search of the new coronavirus, according to the island’s health authorities.