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COVID 19 cases in western Cuban increase for non-compliance of measures and omicron variant

MATANZAS, Cuba, Jan 10 (ACN) Citizen indiscipline in the fulfillment of hygienic sanitary measures and the presence of the omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have had a significant impact on the increase of COVID-19 cases in the province of Matanzas during the last few days.

Yamile Garcia Rodriguez, head of the molecular biology laboratory located in this city, told exclusively to the Cuban News Agency that indiscipline regarding the use of protective equipment such as masks and failure to comply with the established physical distance between people are decisive factors contributing to the increase in the number of cases.

The existence of positive cases of coronavirus related to the omicron variant in the territory, which presents high levels of contagion, is also an important aspect to take into account in view of the high transmissibility existing in Matanzas.

According to Garcia Rodriguez, who is also a clinical laboratory graduate, the progress in the vaccination processes in the province is a mitigating factor against serious manifestations of the disease caused by the variant, however, it does not prevent contagion and it is everyone's duty to comply with what has been established in order not to get sick.

This province reported Monday, as of January 9, a total of 204 positive cases of SARS-CoV-2, and among the municipalities with the highest rates are Matanzas, the provincial capital, Cardenas, Jaguey Grande, Perico and Limonar; the incidence rate is 199 per 100,000 inhabitants and there are 994 active patients with the disease.

As explained by Jose Angel Portal Miranda, Cuban health minister, during the first meeting of the year of the country's temporary working group for the fight against the pandemic, held last Tuesday, to date a total of 11 provinces in Cuba have positive cases of the omicron variant, among which Matanzas is included.

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