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Cuba reports 15 new cases of COVID-19 and one person deceased

Cuba reported this Wednesday 15 new positive cases of COVID-19 and one person deceased for an accumulated of 3,759 diagnosed and 92 deaths since the pandemic was declared on the island last March.

Of the 3,056 PCR samples to diagnose the presence or not of SARS-CoV-2 studied in all the molecular biology laboratories of the country, 14 Cubans and a French citizen residing in Havana were positive, according to today’s report from the Ministry of Health Public (Minsap).

Cuba accumulates to date a total of 372,945 tests carried out, completed with rapid tests.

Havana continues to lead the new infections with 11 cases confirmed the day before, when it counted 486 people confirmed with COVID-19, according to data from the local government.

Of the rest of the patients detected yesterday, three belong to the western province of Artemisa -a neighbor of Havana- and one is from the Villa Clara plant.

The director of Epidemiology of the Minsap, Francisco Durán, explained that the death reported today is an 80-year-old woman living in the capital with a pathological history of arterial hypertension and senile dementia, who was asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis and after worsening her situation suffered a cardiac arrest.

In his daily press conference on the situation of the pandemic on the island, the Minsap spokesperson drew attention again to the persistence of asymptomatic patients in the daily records, which this time are 11 of the 15 confirmed.

He also indicated that 14 are contacts of known cases and in one of the infected it has not been possible to specify the source of infection.

The epidemiologist explained that 1,010 patients are admitted to hospitals on the island for clinical-epidemiological surveillance, 25 under observation, 479 are classified as suspects and 506 are active for the disease.

Regarding the state of the 506 hospitalized patients, Durán explained that 490 -97% – have a clinical course without complications, 13 are reported serious and another three have the category of stable critics. These latest figures have increased with the new outbreak of the disease.

The medical discharges last Tuesday rose to 57 and this indicator that this day is evaluated as a favorable sum 3,159 recovered patients, 84% of those infected in the Caribbean country.

Cuba declared COVID-19 controlled last July, but since the beginning of August infections began to rise due to several outbreaks that have put the national de-escalation plan in check.

Havana reestablished more restrictive measures and, of the rest of the territories, only the nearby Artemisa and Mayabeque remain in phase 2, which eases the limitations on the use of the mask, required only in closed places, and restores services to 50% of his capacity.

Most of the island is in the last phase of reopening, which includes the opening of borders – postponed without a date until Havana improves its situation – and the restart of the school year in September, with the exception of the capital.