Havana, May 1 - The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz- Canel, evaluated the tense epidemiological scenario in the country the day before, the unfavorable figures of COVID-19 in April and the situation in Havana, the epicenter of the pandemic.
During the meeting of the temporary working group, the president, Prime Minister Manuel Marrero and other authorities of the Caribbean nation analyzed the high incidence rates reported this month.
April presented the most unfavorable behavior of the pandemic since the first case reported on the island in March 2020.
In the last two weeks alone, the country notified more than 15,800 positive cases, the majority belonging to the capital.
The governor of Havana, ReinaldoGarcía, provided details on the visits made to various intensive care units.
He highlighted that additional capacities were created in those places, "50 percent of the patients need assisted ventilation which did not exist previously, but we have the conditions to face this situation."
García commented on the completion of the work teams with experts from other provinces and emphasized that all the specialists are clear about their responsibility in these health areas.
The Minister of Public Health, José Ángel Portal Miranda, reported that the low perception of risk in the population still persists in several provinces, the non-compliance with hygienic-sanitary measures, the low quality of the investigation and the failures in the epidemiological survey.
Leaders from other territories also offered an update on the stage in the face of the epidemic.
In this sense, those from Mayabeque highlighted the trend towards a high incidence of the disease, while the Matanzas authorities pointed out that their main difficulties lie in active research.
Cuba reported this Friday 1,46 people diagnosed with COVID-19, which brings to 106,707 the total number of confirmed cases with the disease since last year.
Dr. Francisco DuránGarcía, national director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health, reported on that day the death of 12 patients due to complications associated with the infection, with which the death toll rises to 644. (PL)