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Cuba with no potential risk to take extreme measures facing Covid-19

HAVANA, Cuba, Mar 16 (ACN) Cuba is still with four confirmed cases of COVID-19, tests were done on people who have had epidemiological risk and clinical manifestations consistent with the disease and have been negative, so no drastic measures such as closing schools or borders will be taken to date.

Carmelo Trujillo, head of the International Health Control program, informed today in a press conference that Cuba has planned a phased structure to take specific measures, as required by the COVID-19 situation in the country, and at this moment the risk level is not high.
In provinces where the first cases were detected, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara, there have been controls and no one has been confirmed, so there are no outbreaks of the disease, even though a significant number of people are being kept under epidemiological surveillance, Trujillo noted.
Over 3,400 passengers arrived on the Caribbean island last Sunday from the nine countries with the largest number of cases of COVID-19 in the world. For them and for those from other nations, surveillance and control have been exhaustive and all cases of interest have been assessed or entered into clinical epidemiological surveillance.
For his part, Jorge Gonzalez, director of teaching at the Health Ministry, reported that more than 400,000 health system workers have been trained, including cleaning technicians, stretcher bearers and professionals.
Specific instructions are currently being given on how to act, for example, in the emergency room or the family doctor and nurse's office, if a case is received.
Cuban authorities continue insisting that the best way to prevent contagion is to ensure that each person complies with the established health hygiene measures and that if any respiratory symptoms are present, the person should immediately see a doctor.

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