The Cuban government quarantined several people suspected of having contracted the coronavirus, the National Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), Francisco Durán García, revealed on Monday.
The possible infected are citizens who traveled to China in the last 14 days and who have symptoms that could correspond to those of the disease, said the official during an intervention on the state television network, without specifying the exact number of suspicious cases.
These people are admitted and subjected to an isolation regime at the Institute of Tropical Medicine “Pedro Kourí (IPK) and other hospitals,” he said.
The Cuban head of Epidemiology insisted that “none of these cases has been confirmed” as a positive coronavirus, so for now the number of infected within Cuba remains zero.
The symptoms of coronavirus 2019-nCoV are in many cases similar to those of a cold, but may be accompanied by fever and fatigue, dry cough and dyspnea (shortness of breath).
In recent weeks, Cuban authorities have intensified the control of travelers arriving at ports and airports, where the new coronavirus – a cause of pneumonia – that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan could enter, from where it has spread to other areas of The Asian nation and countries.
Surveillance has also been extreme for all people from their arrival in Cuba, which in principle includes a general declaration of health of the ship at first, and another of each traveler.
“In the presence of any symptoms, that patient is immediately isolated, the director of Epidemiology of MINSAP remarked today.
The so-called Wuhan pneumonia has already killed more than 350 people and the number of infected exceeds 17,000, according to official figures in China.