A 52-year-old man became the first local victim of the coronavirus in Cuba, where there are already three deceased, 119 cases have been confirmed – 39 more than the previous day – and some 2,000 people are isolated in hospitals, according to the daily report. of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (Minsap).
The patient, diabetic, hypertensive and with a chronic lung disease, had returned from Spain and his evolution was “rough” until early this Saturday morning he had a “sudden respiratory distress picture” that he did not overcome, the statement specified.
The first COVID-19 deaths in the Caribbean country were a 61-year-old Italian tourist and a 45-year-old Russian citizen.
Of the 111 patients who remain hospitalized, there is a 63-year-old Cuban in critical condition and two serious: a 72-year-old Frenchman and a 53-year-old Cuban.
The rest have a stable prognosis, the director of Epidemiology of the Minsap, Francisco Durán, reported at a press conference.
Of the 119 cases recorded today on the island – including one with local multiple transmission – 94 are Cubans and 25 foreigners.
This total includes the three deceased, an American who was evacuated to his country and four people discharged, including two Italian women who were among the first three cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Cuba.
39 NEW CASES
The 39 new cases of COVID-19 reported are Cubans, 25 of them who had traveled abroad, mostly to the United States, Spain, Mexico, Canada and Panama.
The rest are contacts of other patients previously detected or related to foreigners who were not identified as positive during their stay in the country.
The ages of the sick range from 6 to 77 years.
This is the largest number of new confirmed cases so far. This is because the island increased the number of daily tests to detect the virus, explained the director of Epidemiology of the Minsap.
According to official data, Cuba has so far carried out 1,368 tests to detect COVID-19, of which 329 were carried out on Thursday, more than double the number the previous day (146).
Some 2,000 people remain in isolation in health facilities, 730 of whom are suspected of carrying the disease. Another 31,347 (2,869 fewer than yesterday) remain preventively isolated in their homes for presenting respiratory symptoms or being contacts of suspected cases.
NEW MEASURES AND RATIONING
Although so far it has not decreed mandatory confinement, the Cuban government has established measures that include the closure of schools, nightclubs, and the suspension of inter-provincial transportation. It also temporarily prohibited entry to non-resident foreigners and limited exit to Cubans.
Havana has implemented new provisions such as the mandatory use of face masks on public transport and the rationing of food and hygiene products to avoid crowds in front of shops and to stop a possible massive outbreak of the disease.
Although buses in the capital circulate with fewer passengers than usual and the streets are empty, hundreds of people still queue up in front of stores to buy basic necessities and foods such as chicken, cheese and detergent, scarce due to the chronic shortage of the island.