The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, reiterated by telephone to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, the support and solidarity of the island before the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus that has caused until this Friday 2,835 deaths and 79,251 confirmed cases In the Asian nation.
In the conversation, Díaz-Canel told Xi Jinping that Cuba and China “have always been together and will continue together especially in difficult times supporting and cooperating with each other,” state television reported.
The president of the Caribbean country told the Chinese president that the help Cuba can offer is “modest” but is in line with “the solidarity vocation of our people and the special feelings that unite us.”
He also expressed his confidence in the ability of the Chinese authorities to “overcome adversities under the leadership of the Communist Party and with the unity and firmness of the people.”
On February 14, the Cuban president had already expressed to his counterpart the accompaniment of Cuba to the Asian country in the face of the affectation caused by the epidemic of the coronavirus during a visit to the Chinese embassy in Havana.
During the conversation Xi Jinping said that the sending, from the beginning of the epidemic, of messages of solidarity from the leader of the Communist Party of Cuba, Raúl Castro, and Díaz-Canel is a reflection of the traditional friendship between the two nations.
“China and Cuba are good friends, partners and brothers,” said the ruler of the Asian country.
The recombinant Interferon Alfa 2B Cuban antiviral (IFNrec) is one of the medications currently used to treat coronavirus for which there is no specific vaccine yet.
This drug is produced in the Chinese-Cuban plant ChangHeber installed in the Chinese province of Jilin and is one of the products created by the biotechnology industry of the Caribbean island for the treatment of viral infections caused by HIV, human papillomavirus and hepatitis types B and C.
According to the latest balance of the disease made public by the Chinese health authorities, the province of Hubei, whose capital is Wuhan – where the epidemic originated -, so far accumulates 84% of cases and 96% of deaths due to from COVID-19.
In China, medical monitoring has been carried out to date to more than 658,500 people who had close contact with the infected, of which more than 58,000 are still under observation, while the number of suspected cases of the disease is currently 1,418 .
The most recent reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that another 51 countries have cases diagnosed with COVID-19, while China accounts for more than 94% of those infected.
In Cuba, the Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal, assured in his Twitter account this Friday that in the Cuban archipelago there has been no contagion of the new coronavirus and that the country maintains “strict epidemiological surveillance and sanitary control” on the border to Minimize the risk of virus entry.