With the vaccination against Covid 19- Cuba studied a total of 40,644 samples to detect COVID 19, resulting in 4,272 positive results. The country accumulates 9, 731,983 samples taken and 895,719 positive.
At the end of October 3, 55,656 patients were admitted, 29,523 suspected, 3,077 under surveillance and 23,056 confirmed active.
Of the total number of cases, 4,254 were contacts of confirmed cases; 12 with source of infection abroad and 6 without source of infection determined. There were 5,010 discharges, 864,988 patients recovered (96.5%) and 38 people died. In intensive care units, 357 confirmed patients are being treated, including 106 in critical and 251 in severe condition.
Among the 4,272 positive cases, 3.8% (161) were asymptomatic, accumulating a total of 127,093, which represents 14.2% of those confirmed to date, and the diagnosed cases belong to the following age groups: under 20 years of age (889), 20 to 39 (1,034), 40 to 59 (1,323) and over 60 (1,026).
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(ACN) Cuba regretted today the death of 38 people from COVID-19, a figure that is the lowest in several months, said Dr. Francisco Duran Garcia, national director of epidemiology of the ministry of public health ( MINSAP by its Spanish acronym).
Duran Garcia pointed out that there are even eight deaths less than those reported yesterday, and specified that there are 7,618 fatalities due to the pandemic in the country, with a lethality rate of 0.85 %, compared to 2.04 % in the world and 2.45 % in the Americas.
The expert detailed during the daily briefing on the epidemiological situation, that of the 38 deaths reported on Monday, three are under 60 years of age and two had no known history of disease.
Regarding the resumption of the school year Monday in person, he insisted on the need that, regardless of the vaccination, the distancing measures, the use of masks and disinfectant solutions should be complied with.
The vaccines prevent the evolution towards seriousness and death, but they do not prevent you from becoming infected, therefore all the measures must be maintained, the expert concluded.
Cuban medical staff: heroes in the fight against COVID-19
The dedication of the island’s medical personnel engaged in the fight against COVID-19 will always deserve our recognition, inasmuch as they have worked nonstop for 18 months, risking their lives to look after every citizen’s health.
In this battle against death across the western province of Artemisa, many young and not so young aid workers changed their daily routines and moved away from their families, making it their duty to provide care to the homebound patients as well as to those who come every day to the Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) ward, go into confinement, or end up admitted in hospital to be properly treated.
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Dr. Dargelo Sánchez Manzano, who works at a polyclinic for positive patients in the town of Mariel, told ACN that the pandemic has forced every medical workers to change the way they go about their responsibilities to tackle the ongoing—and unprecedented—health situation in a nation whose Government allocates all available means to provide a quality medical service.
To that end they spend weeks in the isolation centers to keep an eye on the most vulnerable patients. Many go to other provinces, and some have even died in the line of duty, which reveals how committed they are to the Cuban people.
The greatness of the New Pines
Also marking this joint effort is the devotion shown by the New Pines, namely hundreds of medical students and newly graduates who have been providing specialized care to the people as if they have spent a lifetime in this profession, in addition to their involvement in case-finding and –tracking and their stint in ARI consultations and isolation centers.
Osdanys Gutiérrez, a young doctor whose first year as a professional has passed in the midst of the pandemic, told ACN that this attitude reflects the true value of the training that Cuban healthcare workers receive to provide their services at any time and under any circumstances.
“As students, we never imagined we would soon find ourselves taking life-and-death decisions about our patients or that we would have more practice before. Instead, we have been forced to learn more, and hurriedly to boot, which has worked for the better when it comes to our professional development,” he said.
Daichelys Ramos, who graduated this year in clinical analysis and transfusion medicine, points out that it’s not an easy task, because there is always the fear that you would bring the virus home and infect your family, but her performance during the screenings as a student and as a member of the rapid response group has made her respect her profession even more.
“That difference between a rise or a drop in the number of daily cases is what makes me appreciate the great value of my work and encourages me to go about my duties with more dedication and devotion,” she held.
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Some issues could have been avoided if we had adopted another approach to the situation, but it is fair to say that now every one of these healthcare workers has a different way of seeing life and fighting for it, even at the risk of losing their life to COVID-19, as some have.
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Yakelin Oliva Pluma, a nurse who has worked in local isolation centers and has offered her solidarity to the peoples of Andorra and Martinique, told ACN that it is very difficult to see a patient die, which makes you feel all the more intensely the need to go to even greater lengths to save every patient.
It is because of that boundless dedication that, despite every obstacle along the way, it is safe to say that these are the true heroes of these times, hidden behind a mask to protect their health rather than their identity. Their effort is what makes Cuba today a safer, happier and more immune country.