Cuba reported this Wednesday its first death from COVID-19, while announcing the confirmation of three new cases, bringing the number to 10.
The deceased is a 61-year-old Italian ―one of the first three confirmed cases on the island― with a history of bronchial asthma and who had presented increasing complications in recent days.
The patient was hospitalized in the intensive care unit of the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine in critical condition and “despite the efforts made by the intensive care team that directly treated him, as well as by the group of experts from the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), which gave him permanent follow-up, the developed complications typical of his disease caused his death,” MINSAP reported in a note.
The health authorities deeply regretted what happened and conveyed their condolences to family and friends of the deceased.
En la madrugada del 18 de marzo falleció el paciente de nacionalidad italiana de 61 años de edad, que se encontraba ingresado en estado crítico.
Se confirmaron tres nuevos casos de #COVID19 para un acumulado de 10 en el país.
— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) March 18, 2020
As for the three new cases reported, MINSAP reported that they were confirmed this Tuesday night by the molecular biology laboratory of the Provincial Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology of Villa Clara.
The first of them is a 25-year-old Cuban, resident in the city of Santa Clara, who arrived in Cuba on March 8 from Madrid, Spain and started with symptoms on the 14th. After going to the doctor the next day, he was hospitalized in the Manuel Piti Fajardo Hospital of the city where he lives.
The MINSAP note states that “he remains isolated in this center with satisfactory evolution so far” and that “in the focus control carried out, five contacts were detected, all isolated and asymptomatic.”
The second case is a 67-year-old Cuban citizen, also a resident of Santa Clara, who arrived on the island on March 11 from New Jersey, United States, and started showing symptoms a day later. After going to the doctor’s office on the 16th, she was hospitalized in the Manuel Piti Fajardo Hospital, where she remains isolated with satisfactory progress so far. In the focus control carried out, five contacts were detected, which according to the note are isolated and asymptomatic.
For his part, a 77-year-old American who arrived in Cuba on March 8 from California is the third case now confirmed. According to MINSAP, he started with symptoms on the 14th and was identified by the carrier and the guide of the tour group while they were in Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus province. After that, he was transferred to the international clinic in that city in the early hours of the 15th and then hospitalized in the Isolation Center of Villa Clara province.
The Cuban health authorities affirm that “he continues to evolve satisfactorily so far” and that “in the focus control carried out 10 contacts were detected, all isolated and asymptomatic.”
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