HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 13 (ACN) The Ministry of Public Health of Cuba reported Thursday afternoon that a Cuban tested positive to coronavirus, the fourth confirmed case in the island after three Italian tourists who were diagnosed on Wednesday.
Cuba News Agency reproduces the MINSAP press release:
Today a new positive case of the new Coronavirus SARS CoV-2 was confirmed at the National Reference Center of the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK).
The case is a Cuban resident in Santa Clara, Villa Clara province, husband of a Bolivian citizen living in Milan, Lombardy region, Italy, who entered the country on February 24, apparently asymptomatic and began to develop mild respiratory symptoms on February 27.
On March 8, her husband began to develop respiratory symptoms. Both of them went to a hospital, where they were immediately admitted to the Villa Clara Isolation Hospital and were later transferred and admitted yesterday to the IPK.
In the tests carried out, the Cuban citizen tested positive for the new coronavirus, while his wife was negative, given the 15-day evolution of the disease from the first symptoms.
Epidemiological control actions are carried out on the people identified as contacts, who remain asymptomatic and under surveillance.
The evolution of both patients is favorable and neither one has presented any danger to his life so far.
With respect to the three cases of Italian tourists confirmed and reported yesterday and identified in Trinidad, they continue to evolve satisfactorily under strict medical surveillance.
We recognize the immediate action of the driver and the tourist guide, both belonging to the Ministry of Tourism, as well as the owners of the hostel where they stayed, which led to the rapid assistance to the health services.
We reiterate to our people the need to timely inform the health authorities in the presence of people with respiratory symptoms.
Ministry of Public Health