The Pinar del Río government decreed quarantine for the El Canal People’s Council, in the municipality of Consolación del Sur, after learning of a new case of local transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. This is the first community in Cuba that is isolated due to the epidemic.
The first secretary of the Communist Party in the province of Pinar del Río, where the People’s Council is quarantined, said that “the screenings must be intensified,” as well as the study of positive cases, in addition to “studying all the potentials to create capacities for isolation.”
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In the Camilo Cienfuegos community, located in El Canal, several local infections of the virus occurred with a couple who returned from Mexico and was confirmed with COVID-19.
Last Friday, the disease was diagnosed in a minor patient, the couple’s son, and 48 contacts of the infected child were identified, according to information published by local media.
On Sunday, the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) confirmed in its report the contagion of another woman, 61, also residing in Consolación del Sur, a municipality in Pinar del Rio with a population of around 88,500 inhabitants.
A total of 33 contacts of that patient were detected and placed under surveillance, the MINSAP report said.
That same day, the municipal authorities decreed a curfew starting at 8:00 p.m., making it the first territory on the island to apply mandatory movement restriction measures to its citizens.
“Due to the spread of the new coronavirus in the territory, and as part of the sanitary and epidemiological measures established in order to eradicate the pandemic in that municipality, it was established that persons should not leave their homes after 8:00 p.m. or loiter in public areas at night,” the Municipal Assembly then published on its official Facebook profile.
Before this community in Consolación del Sur, the MINSAP had already confirmed a case of local transmission of the coronavirus in the province of Matanzas, based on a confirmed case that infected several people in his surroundings. However, no specific restrictive measures have been taken in that first territory.
Until the close of this Monday, Cuba reported 186 patients of COVID-19, of whom six have died and eight have been discharged. In addition, more than 2,000 people have been hospitalized on the island due to suspicions of having the disease or being contacts of confirmed cases, while more than 26,000 are monitored by primary health care.