Cuba raises the deaths of COVID-19 to 16 and accumulates 620 positives



The death of a 91-year-old woman raised the number of deaths from COVID-19 in Cuba to 16, which a month after the announcement of the first infections already accumulates 620 positives - with 56 new cases - and 77 cured patients.

The last deceased, who had a history of heart disease and kidney failure, died after spending several days in intensive care for respiratory complications, said the daily part of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (Minsap).

In Cuban hospitals there are five people in critical condition and seven serious, while 26 patients were discharged, bringing the recovered to 77.

The report of 56 cases maintains the upward trend in the daily numbers of infections on the island, which registered a record of 61 new diagnoses last Wednesday.

The new positives were detected among 1,139 PCR tests completed the day before, for a total of 13,162 studies carried out on the island since the beginning of the epidemic.

Of those infected, one is a Bolivian citizen and the rest are Cubans between the ages of five months and 88 years, whose source of contagion - except in two cases that are still being investigated - was contact with previously diagnosed patients.

Among the newly infected, 31 had no symptoms, so it is necessary that the population respect the rules of social distancing and declare all their possible contacts if they suspect that they carry the virus, the director of Epidemiology of Minsap insisted on state television , Francisco Durán.

At the moment, 2,415 people remain isolated in health institutions, while another 7,128 are preventively confined to their homes for presenting respiratory symptoms or being contacts of suspected cases.

The total of 620 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cuba includes the 16 deceased, two evacuees and 513 patients who are progressing in a stable manner, in addition to medical discharges.

Although Cuba is officially still in a pre-epidemic phase, it already registers limited indigenous transmission of COVID-19, so the Government has taken extreme measures and, since this Saturday, has paralyzed all public transportation in the country and temporarily closed the large shopping centers.

The President's Executive Miguel Díaz-Canel has closed schools, restricted activities in non-essential sectors, postponed the entrance exams to Higher Education and suspended public events, although he has not yet decreed mandatory home confinement.

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