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With fewer cases, more testing

Cuba c ovid reunionWith one case reported on June 29 and the closing of the local transmission event in the Havana municipality of La Lisa, Cuba is moving forward in controlling the COVID-19 epidemic.

Despite the favorable numbers – only 39 active cases and 95% of patients recovered – Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, insisted on not letting down our guard and maintaining active monitoring in communities, which have had a positive impact on the pandemic’s evolution in Cuba.

“Now more than ever, we need systematic and thorough surveying to detect any problem in time and get ahead of the game,” he said.

During the daily analysis conducted by the prevention and control task force, led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, Minister of Public Health José Angel Portal Miranda, reported that the number of individuals surveyed per day stands at over three million.

Also reported was the noteworthy fact that, for almost a week now, Havana has met the five benchmarks established by the Ministry of Public Health to move to phase one of the first stage of recovery.

The province’s Lieutenant Governor Yanet Hernández Pérez noted that the incidence rate in the last 15 days has fallen to 3.93 per 100,000 inhabitants; the reproductive rate is 0.61; there are 34 active cases, representing 2.65%; while 90.5% of cases in the last two weeks have known sources of infection; and only one local transmission event remains open.

With the president of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo Hernández, and Vice President of the Republic Salvador Valdés Mesa also on hand, Matanzas Governor Mario Sabines Lorenzo, and the mayor of the Isle of Youth, Adiel Morera Macías, reported on the epidemiological situation in their territories, which have maintained incidence rates of zero for the last 15 days.

Havana will join the rest of the country in the recovery period within a few days, if there is no change in the numbers and the pace of preparatory work is maintained. With fewer new cases, and more testing, Cuba moves toward a new normal.

(Source: Granma)

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