Cuba registered another 27 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, concentrated mainly in the east of the country, the region most affected by the recent outbreaks of the virus that could become even more complicated after the passage of Tropical Storm Laura.
Of the new positives, eleven reside in Havana, eight in Matanzas, six in nearby Artemisa, one in Pinar del Río and one in central Villa Clara, the only province outside the western zone with reports today, according to the daily report. of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap).
The capital, the epicenter of the disease on the island, to date accumulates 530 of the 668 infections diagnosed in the last fifteen days, followed by neighboring Artemis with 69.
“The data show that the epidemic is still concentrated in the west of the country,” said the director of Epidemiology of the Minsap, Francisco Durán, in his regular television appearance.
Dr. Durán stressed that despite this, they continue with studies throughout the country, even in areas where no cases have been registered for months.
The patients this Tuesday were detected among 4,536 PCR samples completed the day before, bringing the total of these tests to 369,889, supplemented by thousands of rapid kits.
Among those confirmed there are 26 Cubans and a 2-year-old baby, registered as a French citizen residing on the island. Of these, 25 were contacts of other cases and in two the source of infection has not yet been identified.
Cuba already accumulates 3,744 positives with coronavirus, of which 3,102 (83%) have recovered and 549 are active: fourteen serious, three critical and the rest with stable evolution.
1,138 people remain admitted to Cuban hospitals, according to official data, which places the death toll with coronavirus at 91 for two days.
STORMS IN TIMES OF COVID-19
After declaring the disease controlled last June and not diagnosing infections at the end of July, Cuba today suffers a second wave of the virus related to several outbreaks that have paralyzed the reopening in Havana and have slowed it down in other western provinces.
In the midst of all this, the island had to activate its cyclonic protocols before the passage of tropical storm Laura, which although it traveled the country from east to west did not cause considerable damage or human victims.
From the beginning, the pandemic complicated preparations in vulnerable areas, which had to adjust their plans to the new sanitary measures, especially in state shelters, with limited capacity now due to the mandatory physical distance.
Despite the fact that Laura changed her trajectory and did not affect the country as expected, thousands of Cubans were evacuated as prevention, which could contribute to a greater spread of the virus, taking into account the majority of asymptomatic cases.
This is a complicated scenario, especially because in one week the school year is scheduled to resume throughout the country, except in Havana, the only Cuban region that maintains strong restrictions on mobility and capacity.