May 12, 2021

Cuba adds 18 new cases of coronavirus and maintains the downward trend



Cuba reported another 18 positives for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on Monday, the day that no deaths were registered, and accumulates a total of 1,784 cases and 77 deaths, according to the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap).

The number of new cases for the day represents a slight rebound compared to those of the previous days, although it maintains the downward trend that started last week.

For the ninth consecutive day, discharges exceeded infections with 36 recovered patients, leaving the total at 1,229, 68.9% of confirmed cases.

Of the 18 positives announced this Monday, 17 were contacts of already confirmed cases and in one it has not been possible to trace the origin of the virus. On the other hand, 15 of the infected were asymptomatic when the test was performed.

The new cases of the day come from the analysis of 1,847 PCR samples the day before. In total 69,182 of these tests have been performed to date, complemented by thousands of rapid tests with kits from China.

One patient remains in critical condition and six others serious, while 468 evolve without complications. Two others were evacuated in the past weeks to their countries of origin.

Apart from these, 1,553 people are admitted to health centers as they are considered risk subjects and another 3,900 remain under clinical-epidemiological surveillance in primary care.

Cuba remains in the pre-epidemic phase with limited indigenous transmission of COVID-19, with preventive measures such as the suspension of public transport, the closure of borders except in exceptional cases, and the closure of schools and major shopping centers.

The use of the mask is mandatory in public spaces and, although there is no forced confinement, citizens have been asked not to leave home except for essential activities such as going to the market or doing paperwork.

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