Cuba reported two deaths due to COVID-19 and 86 new cases diagnosed with the disease this Tuesday, reported the director of Epidemiology of the island’s Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Francisco Durán, in a morning press conference.
Until the close of yesterday, 3,272 patients were hospitalized, 712 of them suspects and 1,529 active cases, the highest number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus hospitalized since the epidemic began in Cuba.
Se confirmaron 86 nuevos casos de #COVID19, para un acumulado de 11 687 en #Cuba
1 529 casos activos
1 509 con evolución clínica estable
12 pacientes críticos
8 pacientes graves
145 fallecidos (2 en el día)
10 003 pacientes recuperados
2 evacuadoshttps://t.co/DJQOdmzUuS pic.twitter.com/VutZNz2GUp
— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) December 30, 2020
Durán explained that one of the deceased was a Cuban traveler residing in the United States who arrived on the island on December 8. The two real-time PCR tests that were performed, in accordance with the protocol established for these cases, were negative for COVID-19.
On December 13, he was hospitalized with symptoms, four days later the presence of the virus was diagnosed, but he had a torpid evolution of the disease, suffered a respiratory arrest on the 28th and died yesterday.
The epidemiologist expert also referred to the death of another Cuban patient, from the Guanabacoa municipality of the capital, who presented symptoms on December 16, two days later he was hospitalized and the test that detects the disease came out positive.
As of the 27th, he began to manifest complications that led to a cardiac arrest that he did not surpass, despite the care he received.
With the two new deaths, the total number of deaths from COVID-19 in Cuba reached 145.
Likewise, the country has registered a total of 11,687 people diagnosed with the disease from March 11 to date, a period in which 1,462,068 real-time PCR tests have been performed.
The doctor said that so far in December, 2,824 patients infected with the virus have been detected on the island, more than double the first peak of the disease registered in April, when 1,325 cases were reported.
In addition to the vertiginous increase in COVID-19 positive cases, Durán regretted that the number of patients in ICUs rose to 20 this Tuesday, of which 12 are in critical condition and eight are in serious condition.
Of the patients diagnosed in the last 24 hours, 34 were contacts of confirmed cases, 48 arrived in Cuba infected with the new coronavirus and the source of infection of four other patients could not be specified.
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