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Díaz-Canel: In facing Covid-19, everyone depends on each one of us

Díaz-Canel: In facing Covid-19, everyone depends on each one of us
Díaz-Canel emphasizes majority support for measures adopted and recognized the hard work of health personnel in Cuba and around the world
Author: Leticia Martínez | informacion@granma.cu
march 27, 2020 09:03:18

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During yesterday’s meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in Cuba, President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez commented, “To the degree that everyone understands the responsibility of each one of us to others, we will be able to more efficiently confront the new coronavirus pandemic.”
Presiding the meeting to evaluate implementation of the country’s prevention and control plan, along with Prime Minster Manuel Marrero Cruz, Diaz-Canel insisted, “Each of us depends on everyone, and we all depend on each one.”
He also emphasized majority support for measures adopted and recognized the hard work of health personnel in Cuba and around the world.
Minister of Public Health José Ángel Portal Miranda presented the daily update on Covid-19 in the country, indicating that the total number of confirmed cases has reached 67.
A total of 1,539 persons have been admitted to isolation centers for observation, including 1,423 Cubans and 116 from abroad; while 36,056 persons are being monitored in their homes by primary health care teams.
Also discussed was work being carried out by the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) and Committees for the Defense of the Revolution at the neighborhood level. Teresa Amarelle Boué, Party Political Bureau member and secretary general of the FMC, reported that community leaders and health brigades have visited more than 642,560 families to ensure they have the support needed to confront the health emergency.

Our Doctors,Excerpts of speech by Comandante en jefe Fidel Castro

Doctors, not bombs
Excerpts from Fidel’s 2003 speech in Buenos Aires: Our country does not drop bombs on other peoples… our country does not possess nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, or biological weapons. Our country’s tens of thousands of scientists and doctors have been educated in the idea of saving lives

Author: Fidel Castro Ruz | internet@granma.cu
march 26, 2020 10:03:37

Excerpts of speech by Comandante en jefe Fidel Castro, in Buenos Aires, in May of 2003.

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Since I am an optimist, I think this world can be saved, in spite of the mistakes made, in spite of the immense, hegemonic powers that have been created, because I believe ideas prevail over force.…

Our country does not drop bombs on other peoples, nor does it send thousands of planes to bomb cities; our country does not possess nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, or biological weapons. Our country’s tens of thousands of scientists and doctors have been educated in the idea of saving lives. It would absolutely contradict this concept to put a scientist or a doctor to work to produce substances, bacteria or viruses to kill other human beings.

Allegations that Cuba is doing research on biological weapons have even been made. In our country, research is conducted to cure diseases as severe as meningococcal meningitis and hepatitis, to produce vaccines with genetic engineering techniques, or, something of great importance, to discover vaccines or therapeutic formulas through molecular immunology; some of which can prevent and others cure. We are moving forward along this path. This is the pride of our doctors and our research centers.

Tens of thousands of Cuban doctors have provided internationalist services in the most remote and inhospitable places. I once said that we could not and would never carry out preventive or surprise attacks against any dark corner of the world; but rather that our country could send needed doctors to the darkest corners of the world. Doctors, not bombs. Doctors, not smart weapons.

Ministry of Public Health reports 67 persons infected

Ministry of Public Health reports 67 persons infected and the country’s second death
When the most recent tally was closed, yesterday March 25, the Ministry of Public Health reported that 10 new Covid-19 cases had been confirmed in Cuba, for a total of 67

Digital news staffmarch 26, 2020 13:03:47

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Francisco Durán, director of epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, reported in a press conference that the 45-year-old Russian citizen hospitalized in Cuba, had died from complications associated with Covid-19 and other chronic conditions, in this case a history of Type II diabetes mellitus, despite a concerted effort on the part of a team of doctors.

Of the 67 patients diagnosed with the disease, 64 remain hospitalized, including two in critical condition.

A 38-year-old Cuban citizen, who arrived in the country on March 13 from Italy, is reported to be in serious condition, having been diagnosed with pneumonia.

A total of 1,603 patients, 148 from abroad and 1,455 Cubans, have been admitted for clinical and epidemiological surveillance in isolation and care centers established for this purpose. Another 36,056 persons are being monitored in their homes by primary health care teams.

Thus far, 893 individuals have been tested for the coronavirus, with 67 identified as positive.

The new cases reported include a Russian citizen who had contact with a previously identified patient; four Cubans who had contact with travelers from abroad; and five Cubans who had recently returned from other countries, including the United States, Guyana, and France.

All are currently in stable condition.

Art is not a luxury, and not for profit

Art is not a luxury, and not for profit
Amidst news of the life-threatening pandemic, we have seen countless expressions of generosity, dedication and solidarity
Author: Pedro de la Hoz | pedro@granma.cu
march 26, 2020 10:03:27

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These are times to uphold human values. Faced with a life-threatening pandemic that is disrupting the economy and altering the social fabric across the planet, we have seen countless expressions of generosity, dedication and solidarity.
No one asked singers, musicians and ordinary people in Italy to go out on their balconies to support their neighbors, to sing and applaud health workers assisting the sick.
In Buenos Aires, from Belgrano, Caballito and Recoleta to Núñez and Quilmes, last Saturday more than a hundred Argentines came together in song to raise awareness of the importance of practicing preventive social isolation, to contain the coronavirus.
I took a moment to listen to Barcelona, where Pau Donés, leader of the group Jarabe de Palo, resurrected his song Los ángeles visten de blanco, looking to visibilize on social media “altruistic attitudes toward others, not only in terms of health, but also people who sing an opera or play the guitar. That’s why I thought of redoing the song and performing it for my neighbors.” Continue reading

Party First Secretary and President of the Republic activate Defense Councils

Party First Secretary and President of the Republic activate Defense Councils throughout the country
A wide-ranging group of new measures to protect the population and implement the Covid-19 Prevention and Control Plan, demonstrate the preparation and depth of analysis involved in each of the decisions made to preserve life
Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
march 24, 2020 11:03:46

We have in our favor a public health system… a Party and a government, which put Cubans at the center of their attention.

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A wide-ranging group of new measures to protect the population and implement the Covid-19 Prevention and Control Plan, demonstrate the preparation and depth of analysis involved in each of the decisions made to preserve life.
1-All Cuban residents who return to the country will be isolated in authorized centers for 14 days.
2- Arriving travelers must be fully informed, aircraft and ships, premises and luggage must be thoroughly disinfected. Travelers will be taken directly to isolation centers, in designated buses, with police escort.
3. Family members are not permitted to gather at airports.
4-Passengers returning to Cuba may bring only one personal item and one piece of luggage, to facilitate operations at airports and isolation centers. Continue reading

Lula: The Cuban people show the world an example of solidarity

Lula: The Cuban people show the world an example of solidarity
I request, dear compañero Díaz-Canel, that you convey to Cuba’s men and women – especially the scientists and health professionals who are waging this difficult battle for life around the world – the recognition, admiration and gratitude of the Brazilian people. We will stand together, always, onward to victory. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Author: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva | internet@granma.cu
march 25, 2020 09:03:37

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São Bernardo do Campo, SP Brasil
March 23, 2020
Dear Miguel Díaz-Canel,
President of the Republic of Cuba
I am writing to tell you of the emotion I felt when I saw the image of Cuban doctors arriving in Italy to help the victims of the coronavirus pandemic in that country.
Once again the government and people of Cuba are giving the world an example of solidarity, overcoming all barriers, be they economic, geographical or political in nature.
It is in times of crisis that we come to know the truly great. And in these hours the Cuban people always stand tall before the world. Cuba’s active, militant and revolutionary solidarity has long been visible in various parts of the planet, in a proud, sovereign response to those who attempt to impose an economic blockade and political isolation on the island.
The Brazilian people will be eternally grateful for the role Cuba played in our More Doctors program, in a cooperative effort that saved countless lives and taught our own health professionals so much.
That cooperation was brutally interrupted by a government that is disdainful of the people and blinded by a self-centered, inhumane ideology.
In these times of crisis caused by the coronavirus, all are obliged to recognize – unfortunately in a painful way for our people – how much we miss our dear Cuban doctors.
I request, dear compañero Díaz-Canel, that you convey to Cuba’s men and women – especially the scientists and health professionals who are waging this difficult battle for life around the world – the recognition, admiration and gratitude of the Brazilian people.
We will stand together, always, onward to victory.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Cuba announces new measures to confront the COVID-19

English Translation Follows Spanish-Frank

From: listafs@gruposyahoo.com <listafs@gruposyahoo.com> on behalf of Milagros Rivera dahumara@yahoo.com [listafs] <listafs@gruposyahoo.com> Sent: Friday, March 20, 2020 7:59 PM
Subject: [ListaFS] CUBA RESTRINGIRA LA ENTRADA DE EXTRANJEROS POR UN MES A PARTIR DEL 24 MARZO

Gobierno cubano informa nuevas medidas para el enfrentamiento a la COVID-19 

Cuba regula las fronteras para visitantes extranjeros – a partir del martes 24 de marzo 2020- con excepción de cubanos y extranjeros residentes nacionales. Igualmente afirma el Presidente Diaz Canel, que se seguirá cooperando con ayuda médica a los países que lo soliciten. Se les dará servicio de retorno aéreo a los turistas que se encuentran en el país. Cuba NO cierra su espacio aéreo, ni el intercambio comercial. En estos momentos, se explican las medidas de protección social, con todos los detalles.

http://www.cubadebate.cu/…/gobierno-cubano-informa-nuevas…/…

[Draft English Translationfollows, Frank Velgara]

From Cuba Debate, Friday, March 20,2020

Government of Cuba announces new measures to confront the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Video included.

Rosa María Fernández

Cuba will restrict entry to its borders for foreign visitors – Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – with the exception of Cubans and foreign residents in the country. Similarly, President Diaz Canel, confirmed that medical aid cooperation will continue with the countries that request it. Airline return service will be provided to tourists who find themselves in the country. Cuba WILL NOT close its air space, nor its’ commercial trade. At this time, these social protection measures are being further explained in complete detail.

http://www.cubadebate.cu/…/gobierno-cubano-informa-nuevas…/…

Party Political Bureau approves modification of national events

Party Political Bureau approves modification of annual plan of national events and commemorations
The decision applies to events of a national, provincial and local character of the Young Communist League, as well, (which has already announced the postponement of its 11th Congress), mass and social organizations and those organized by municipal and provincial Party committees

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
march 20, 2020 08:03:49

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In accordance with the measures adopted in the country to combat Covid-19, the Political Bureau decided to significantly modify the Party’s plan of national events and commemorations this year, to avoid promoting activities that involve large groups of people.

The approved modification suggests suspension or postponement of planned activities, or commemoration in a more modest fashion, as alternatives to massive events, based on a specific analysis of each of the events planned through July.

As for the events related to historical dates or personalities, they will be commemorated in all cases on the date scheduled, with reduced participation, without massive mobilizations, and will be adequately reflected in the mass media.

The decision applies to events of a national, provincial and local character of the Young Communist League, as well, (which has already announced the postponement of its 11th Congress), mass and social organizations and those organized by municipal and provincial Party committees.

With regard to May Day and July 26th events, the Political Bureau will inform our people of specific decisions to be adopted, in a timely fashion.

Cuba on guard to prevent spreading of new coronavirus

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The confirmation of a fifth case of Covid-19 was reported during a meeting, yesterday afternoon, to review the situation, led by the President of the Republic and Prime Minister

Yaima Puig Menesesmarch 17, 2020 08:03:17

Cuba has equipped all ports of entry with advanced technology to monitor individuals arriving and detect any sign of Covid-19 infection. Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus Alvarez
Led by President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, and Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, another meeting took place yesterday afternoon to review the Covid-19 situation, where Minister of Public Health José Ángel Portal Miranda confirmed a fifth case of the virus in Cuba.

According to the minister, a Cuban patient, 63 years of age, resident in the Havana municipality of Diez de Octubre, who returned to the island from Spain on March 8, began to exhibit symptoms on the 11th. He sought medical attention on the 12th, and was hospitalized immediately. To date, Portal stated, “The patient has mild symptoms and is in stable condition.”

Regarding cases previously diagnosed, Portal reported that one of the Italian tourists, 61 years of age and with a history of bronchial asthma, began to exhibit complications on March 15, and is currently in critical condition.

The other three patients, he said, are in stable condition at Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine. Individuals who had direct contact with these patients and passengers on the same flight from Italy are under observation and have shown no signs of infection, he stressed.

The minister said that since January 25, 470 individuals have been hospitalized for observation and 21,968 patients are being monitored by their primary care physicians. At the time of the meeting, 373 patients had been admitted for epidemiological surveillance, 145 from abroad and 228 Cubans.

Cuba will accept and assist travelers on British cruise ship

Cuba will accept and assist travelers on British cruise ship MS Braemar
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Statement

Author: MINREX | internet@granma.cu
march 16, 2020 12:03:43

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On March 13, the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland requested that Cuban authorities allow the Fred Olsen cruise line’s MS Braemar to dock in a Cuban port with a small number of travelers with the new coronavirus (SARS CoV 2/Covid-19), and assist in their repatriation by air.

Given the urgency of the situation and the risk to the lives of the sick passengers, the Cuban government has decided to allow the docking of this vessel and will adopt established sanitary measures to receive all citizens on board, in accordance with protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.

In conjunction with British authorities, arrangements have been made, once the travelers arrive, for their safe and immediate return to the United Kingdom on charter flights.

These are times of solidarity, of understanding health as a human right, of strengthening international cooperation to face our common challenges, values that are key to the humanist practices of the Revolution and of our people.

Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Havana, March 16, 2020