Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez affirmed this Tuesday that 3,815 nationals stranded in other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic have already returned to the island. In addition, he said that “efforts continue” for the return of others, although not specifying their number.
“Professionalism and solidarity in the face of the pandemic: Our consulates, together with the Associations of Cuban Residents Abroad, continue to provide care and support to those stranded by COVID19; 3,815 are already in Cuba. Efforts for the safe return of others continue,” Rodríguez wrote on Twitter.
Profesionalidad y solidaridad frente a la pandemia:
Nuestros consulados, junto a las Asociaciones de Cubanos Residentes en el Exterior, continúan brindado atención y apoyo a varados por la #COVID19
3815 ya están en #Cuba. Continúan las gestiones para el regreso seguro de otros
— Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) June 16, 2020
The closure of borders in many countries and the stoppage of most airlines’ operations, left abroad some 445,000 Cubans residents on the island, according to figures recently cited by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero.
In this scenario, the coordination of the island’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs with authorities from various countries has allowed thousands of Cubans to return to the island from Germany, Ecuador, United Arab Emirates, Spain, United States, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Russia, the Agencia Cubana de Noticias news agency pointed out.
In recent statements, the Cuban foreign minister said that Cuba “has spared no effort or resources in the protection of its citizens,” amid the complex international epidemiological situation caused by the coronavirus, and for this reason, Cuban consulates around the world provide “all possible support” to its nationals abroad.
Even so, Cubans who remain outside the island, in nations like Nicaragua and Panama, have regretted their situation on the social media and are waiting for a solution for their return to Cuba.
In accordance with the protocol established by the Cuban health authorities, travelers who have returned to the island have had to remain in isolation centers for 14 days until a possible contagion with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is ruled out.
Cuba did not register deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, and according to health authorities, 11 people were diagnosed with the disease: 10 Cubans and a 24-year-old Congolese student.
All of the infections are limited to eight municipalities in Havana, and six of them are related to already confirmed cases. The source of infection is not specified in five individuals.
With these new cases, the Island has a total of 2,273 diagnosed with COVID-19, while the number of patients who have died from the disease remains at 84 and the number of recovered is 1,994.
Here you can find the most current data and how the coronavirus curve is evolving in Cuba.