Havana, Jul 12— Four months after the first COVID-19 positive patients were diagnosed in the country, the Cuban Government continues to strive to continue saving lives and to cut off sources of transmission of this disease, which in the world has caused the death of more than 500 thousand people, 87 of them in the Greater Antilles.
This is not the time to allow yourself any oversight, it was agreed to point out this Saturday during the session of the temporary work group for the prevention and control of the new coronavirus, led by the President of the Republic, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, and the First Minister, Manuel Marrero Cruz, where the relevance of maintaining strict compliance with each of the designed measures was also ratified, regardless of what phase of the recovery stage one or the other territory may be in.
Although the most complex situation manifests itself in Havana, and the largest number of PCR tests are performed there daily, hundreds of samples from the different provinces are analyzed daily, after searching for new cases that may remain asymptomatic. As announced by the Minister of Public Health, Jose Angel Portal Miranda, at the end of the last day, 3,339 studies were carried out for COVID-19, of which seven were positive, for a cumulative of 2 420 since the epidemic began. .
The headline explained that the seven diagnosed patients are Cuban: two were contacts of confirmed people, in one the source of the infection has not yet been specified and another four became infected with the disease abroad.
With these new figures, he pointed out, this Saturday there were 77 active cases, most of which were admitted to the Havana province; 75 of them showed a stable clinical evolution. When reporting five new discharges, they amount to 2,254 who have been saved from the disease, he said.
Regarding the incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants, where imported cases are not included, Portal Miranda commented that, when three new patients were confirmed in Havana, there were 82 diagnosed in the last 15 days. This health indicator, he stated, had no changes in the capital compared to the previous day, remaining at 3.84.
Meanwhile, in Mayabeque, he specified, since no new cases were detected and only seven in the past two weeks, the incidence rate fell to 1.82.
Particularly regarding local transmission events, he recalled that of the 46 that have been opened in the country, only two remain active, both in Havana and with systematic follow-up as part of the epidemiological study. Of the new patients reported at the end of the last day, he pointed out, one corresponded to the San Joaquin event, in the Cerro municipality, which accumulates a total of 23 cases.
Precisely the capital, given the situation presented by several of its municipalities, continues to focus the greatest attention. According to the deputy governor of Havana, Yanet Hernandez Perez, in recent days measures to prevent new outbreaks of the disease in vulnerable areas have been reinforced and the carrying out of PCR tests, rapid tests and active research on the population has been intensified , fundamentally in popular councils in the municipalities of Centro Habana, Cerro, San Miguel, Cotorro, Diez de Octubre and Arroyo Naranjo, which are currently served differently.
Among other measures applied by the Provincial Defense Council with the purpose of containing the number of infections, Hernandez Perez explained that the movement has been limited to people in the most complex blocks, where close surveillance is kept on family nuclei. In addition, the use of the nasobuco is required, both inside and outside the homes; frequent hand washing; and the arrangement of podic steps.
In turn, he asserted that the proximity of services, but also of basic necessities is guaranteed in these areas to avoid the unnecessary transit of the population in those areas.
Later, the governors of Matanzas and Ciego de Avila commented on the daily life in both provinces, with 27 and 45 days, respectively, without reporting positive cases to COVID-19.
In particular, they referred to how these territories have been going through the second phase of recovery, as part of which gradually self-employed workers continue to rejoin their activities; hotel and camping facilities are enlisted; and hospital consultations are reactivated; all this prioritizing food production.
Regarding the preparations for the summer activities, which officially began this Saturday throughout the country, the governors detailed that they have been designed taking into account the sanitary measures defined by the Ministry of Public Health and that allow for strict monitoring and control of the new coronavirus.
These are all key actions, on which success in the gradual revival of the economic and social life of the country also depends. Hence the emphasis placed during this Saturday’s exchange on the fact that it is essential to maintain elementary measures such as conducting investigations in the different communities; the reinforcement of hygienic-sanitary measures in the work centers, where a greater number of workers have begun to rejoin; the use of the nasobuco as a protection measure; and responsible behavior of people in public places.