MIAMI, United States. – This Thursday, Cuba’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP, by its Spanish acronym) reported 78 new deaths due to COVID-19 and 7,628 contagions from the disease. According to official data, which activists and independent news outlets have challenged, the number of deaths due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is 6,601, and the number of cases diagnosed since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, stands at 776,125 cases.
Dr. Francisco Durán García, national director of Epidemiology at MINSAP stated this Thursday that the country still shows a rate of “high transmission” for the disease. According to him, the 78 deaths reported are from all 14 provinces and 46 municipalities.
Thursday’s report indicates 11 deaths in Granma province, followed by Artemisa and Villa Clara with 10 deaths each; Pinar del Río, Las Tunas and Holguín with 7 each; Havana with 5; Mayabeque, Ciego de Ávila and Santiago de Cuba with 4 each; Sancti Spíritus and Camagüey with 3 each; Cienfuegos (2) and Guantánamo (1).
Among the dead, there are 12 patients younger than 60 years of age, and five persons who were “apparently healthy”.
According to Durán García, until close-of-day Wednesday, there were 95,550 individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19; of these, 53,772 are thought to have contracted the disease, 3,034 are under observation, and 38,794 are active cases, i.e., patients whose COVID-19 diagnosis is confirmed who have neither recovered nor died and are, therefore, still hospitalized.
Of the 38,794 active cases, 38,336 are in stable condition; 458 patients are in intensive care: 138 in critical condition and 320 in serious condition.
To date, and according to official information, the island reports two cases evacuated; 55 returned to their countries of origin; and 730,673 patients who recovered from the disease, accounting for 94.1% of all patients diagnosed with COVID-19 since March 2020.
Even though Cuba is facing the worse outbreak of COVID-19 contagion, the country’s regime plans to open its borders to international tourism starting on November 15th. “Keeping in mind how the vaccination process has progressed in Cuba, its proven effectiveness and the prospect of having more than 90% of the population fully vaccinated by November, conditions are being prepared to open its borders gradually, starting on November 15, 2021,” according to a recent release from the Ministry of Tourism.
Up until September 2, Cuba had vaccinated only 36.2% of the population with its domestic vaccine, according to information from Dr. Francisco Durán García, national director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP, by its Spanish acronym). Likewise, the regime expects that 92.6% of the population will be fully vaccinated by November, in spite of the fact that the initial plan of health authorities to have 70% of Cubans vaccinated by August was not met.
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