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Cuba’s 61 medical brigades working abroad are free of the coronavirus

Cuban international medical brigades focused on solidarity and caution
All 28,268 members of Cuba’s 61 medical brigades working abroad are free of the coronavirus, reports Dr. Jorge Hidalgo Bustillo, director of the Medical Collaboration Central Unit

Author: Abel Reyes Montero | informacion@granmai.cu
march 17, 2020 08:03:07

Cuba’s Central Unit of Medical Collaboration reports that our medical professionals working around the world remain free of Covid-19.

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For those who love their family members and their compatriots, the spreading Covid-19 pandemic is cause for alarm, given the risk faced by the more than 28,000 Cuban health workers serving on missions around the world.

But it seems that their solidarity and internationalist vocation has been, thus far, a moral repellent.

According to information provided by Dr. Jorge Hidalgo Bustillo, director of the Central Unit for Medical Collaboration (UCCM), all 28,268 members of Cuba’s medical brigades working in 61countries, around the world, remain free of the virus, to date. Continue reading

Tourists visiting Cuba test positive for coronavirus

Three tourists visiting Cuba test positive for new coronavirus

The confirmed patients are responding favorably and none is in life threatening condition, at this time
Author: Redacción Digital | internet@granma.cu
march 12, 2020 09:03:23
Our country has been preparing to face the pandemic caused by the appearance of a new coronavirus, which has impacted more than a hundred countries, to date, causing a significant number of cases of illness and deaths.
As a result of the implementation of the National Plan for the Prevention and Control of the disease, and intensive monitoring of respiratory syndromes, suspicious cases have been identified and patients admitted to hospitals. On March 10, 2020, identified with such symptoms were four Italian tourists, staying at a hostel in the city of Trinidad in the province of Sancti Spíritus. They had arrived at Havana’s José Martí International Airport on Monday, March 9, and traveled to Trinidad that same day. They were immediately admitted to Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK).
On March 11, 2020, the IPK National Reference Laboratory reported that three of the four tourists, in isolation since the 10th, tested positive for the new SARS COV-2 Coronavirus.
Persons identified as having had contact with the patients, who remain asymptomatic, are being monitored and required epidemiological control actions are being carried out.
The confirmed patients are responding favorably and none is in life threatening condition, at this time.

Contacts of Italian tourists with Covid-19 are asymptomatic and quarantined

All have been placed under clinical and epidemiological observation to determine their condition if symptoms should appear. If any suspicious symptoms are noted over the next few days, testing of nasopharyngeal swab samples will be conducted and if confirmed as positive for the coronavirus, patients will be transferred to the Villa Clara Military Hospital, as established in the Plan for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19
Author: Escambray Digital | internet@granma.cu
march 12, 2020 10:03:42

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Established epidemiological procedures are being followed for individuals who were in contact with the three Italian tourists in Trinidad confirmed as the first cases of Covid-19 in Cuba.
According to Dr. Manuel Rivero Abella, provincial director of health in Sancti Spíritus, the seven persons in direct contact with the tourists – including their car driver, a tour operator and five in the hostel where they stayed – are currently asymptomatic, but are being transferred to the Doctor Faustino Pérez Provincial Rehabilitation Hospital, the center designated for the isolation of suspected Covid-19 cases in the province.
“They have all been placed under clinical and epidemiological surveillance to see if symptoms appear. In the event that, over the next few days, they exhibit any clinical symptoms, they will be swabbed and if confirmed positive, will be transferred to the Villa Clara Military Hospital, as established in the Plan for the Prevention and Control of Covid-19,” Dr. Rivero stated.
According to the doctor, if the contacts remain without clinical symptoms, they will return to their homes, where they will be closely monitored by epidemiologists and the community health care team.
Of the four Italian tourists who arrived in Cuba March 9, and in Trinidad the next day, three were confirmed positive for Covid-19 and to date, according to the Ministry of Public Health, their condition is not life-threatening.
A provincial strategy for treating suspicious cases of the virus was designed over the last few weeks, and has been implemented, including the establishment of specialized departments in all health institutions and the preparation of 42 beds in hospital isolation wards.

U.S.-backed coups in Latin America and the Caribbean

From Monroe to Trump
The current U.S. President again threatens military action against Venezuela and continues sanctioning governments and companies with ties to the Bolivarian Republic and Cuba

Author: Elson Concepción Pérez | internet@granma.cu
march 2, 2020 10:03:58

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U.S.-backed coups in Latin America and the Caribbean over the last 70 years. Photo: RT

More than 200 years have passed since James Monroe became the fifth president of the United States. Unlike Donald Trump, he had been a soldier, lawyer, senator, governor and even Secretary of State. Trump, the country’s 45th President, a multimillionaire inexperienced in politics, has done nothing more than repeat what was said and done by the inventor of the “America for Americans” doctrine.

What is common in what happened in 1823 and what is happening today is that Monroe’s philosophy is being dusted off by Trump, to making a reality of the notion that the nations of Latin America are Washington’s backyard. Continue reading

Cuba denounces U.S. threat to human rights around the world

Cuba denounces U.S. unilateralism as a threat to human rights around the world
“Unfortunately, the unilateralism of the United States undermines the promotion and protection of human rights of everyone on the planet,” stated Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla on Tuesday in Geneva

Granmafebruary 26, 2020 16:02:08

The Cuban Foreign Minister stated that our country will continue to save lives and provide health and well-being wherever we are requested.

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“Unfortunately, the unilateralism of the United States undermines the promotion and protection of human rights of everyone on the planet,” stated Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla on Tuesday in Geneva.

Speaking during the High Level Segment of the 43rd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council, he added that neoliberal policies imposed by the northern nation violate economic, social and cultural rights and prevent other nations from exercising their right to development.

Among several examples of coercive actions, the Cuban Foreign Minister emphasized that the interests of all countries are damaged if they remained inert in the face of U. S. threats to crush the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, destabilize Nicaragua, and destroy other nations.

He stressed that the unconventional wars waged by the United States and its violations of international law systematically violate the rights to peace and self-determination.

“Their unwillingness to confront climate change poses an existential challenge to the human species. The political manipulation and double standards of the U.S. impede genuine international cooperation on human rights,” he added.

He insisted that the tightening of the U.S. blockade of Cuba represents an act of genocide, according to the 1948 Convention, “a flagrant, massive and systematic violation of the human rights of our people.”

Rodriguez further stated, “The use of non-conventional measures to prevent the arrival of fuel to our country has damaged every aspect of the daily lives of Cuban men and women, public transportation, education, health and food. The full application of the Helms-Burton Act deepens the extraterritorial impact of the blockade.”

He explained that the U.S. government has placed extreme limitations on travel and air connections between the two countries, which affect Cuban families, residents in other nations, and the right to travel of the country’s own citizens.

The Foreign Minister referred to attacks on Cuba’s international medical cooperation and how U.S. hostility has threatened the health of millions of human beings who benefit from these programs around the world.

With the suspension of Cuban medical cooperation to several countries in our region alone, medical care for 67 million people has been seriously affected. The international community recognizes the professionalism and altruism of the more than 400,000 Cuban health workers, who over 56 years have served on missions in 164 nations, Rodríguez noted.

In this context, he recalled that the United Nations Organization and the World Health Organization have noted the fundamental contribution made by Cuban medical cooperation to the success of the fight against cholera in Haiti and Ebola in West Africa.

Rodriguez stated, “Cuba’s response is firm: on the basis of legitimate intergovernmental cooperation programs, we will continue to save lives and provide health and well-being wherever we are requested.”

During his remarks, the Foreign Minister explained that, despite the blockade and hostility of the United States, “Cuba is advancing in the construction of an independent, sovereign, socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable nation, based on the proven capacity of resistance and creativity of our people.”

He reaffirmed that Cuba will continue to honor its commitments to international cooperation in the field of human rights, in particular its obligations under international instruments in this arena.

Interferon alpha 2B: Cuban drug used in China against Coronavirus

Cuban medication Interferon alpha selected among drugs to combat coronavirus
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel noted the Chinese government’s determined efforts to confront coronavirus epidemic, with positive results becoming evident, including the recovery of more than 1,500 patients
Author: Digital news staff | informacion@granma.cu
february 10, 2020 11:02:03

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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel noted the Chinese government’s determined efforts to was based on effectiveness shown previously against viruses with characteristics similar to those of this coronavirus.
“It has the advantage, in situations like these, of functioning as a protective mechanism, preventing patients from getting worse, reaching a severe stage, with death as the outcome,” the specialist explained.
Dr. Herrera noted that Cuba shared the technology to produce the drug some years ago, with the opening of the ChangHeber joint Chinese-Cuban facility in the town of Changchun, Jilin province. This plant makes “the same product we do,” he noted, “with exactly the same technology, meeting quality standards approved by Chinese and Cuban regulatory authorities.”
The Cuban embassy in China reported on its Twitter account, “The Chinese-Cuban Changheber plant in Jilin has been producing Interferon alpha (IFNrec) with the use of Cuban technology since the first day of the Lunar New Year. The Chinese Health Commission has selected our product among those used in the fight against coronavirus.”

confront the coronavirus 2019-NCOV epidemic, with positive results now becoming evident, including the recovery of more than 1,500 patients.
Díaz-Canel tweeted: “Interferon alpha 2B: Cuban drug used in China against coronavirus. Our support to the Chinese government and people in their efforts to combat the coronavirus,” while noting the use of an anti-viral product from the country’s biotechnology industry.
The drug, IFNrec, is one of about 30 medications selected by the Chinese National Health Commission to treat the respiratory condition and, according to statements on Cuban television by Dr. Luis Herrera Martinez, scientific and commercial advisor to the President of BioCubaFarma, its selection

Is the coronavirus a U.S. bacteriological weapon ?

Walter Lippmann Feb 8 #177

Coronavirus, Another Act of Biological Terrorism?
“Isn’t it highly suspicious that the coronavirus has appeared in China and that Washington has introduced it to weaken what many already consider the world’s leading economic power over the hitherto evil empire led by Trump?”
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Author: Orfilio Peláez | orfilio@…
February 7, 2020 23:02:34

Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

Coronavirus…Biological Terrorism?

China faces the coronavirus responsibly and with its people., In the image the first hospital to care for the sick, built in just ten days, and the second hospital is already delivered for the same purpose.

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An article published in his personal blog by Spanish journalist Patricio Montesinos deals with the theory that the coronavirus could be a germ created in U.S. laboratories, as a bacteriological weapon of the commercial war unleashed by Washington against China.

According to the text reproduced in Rebelión, several recent statements by senior White House officials and an increasingly intense international media campaign against China, feed the hypothesis that the administration of President Donald Trump could be responsible for the epidemic that appeared in late December 2019, in the city of Wuhan.

Montesinos alludes to the January 31 statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who said, “The coronavirus outbreak that has infected thousands of people could boost the U.S. economy. But the senior official went further, saying that it “will help speed the return of jobs to America.

Ross’s statements followed those of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who in the midst of the world’s emergency for the disease identified China as a threat to international democratic principles. Continue reading

The genocidal, cruel, murderous blockade

Fifty-eight years later, Cuba continues to resist U.S. blockade
The U.S. blockade on Cuba was imposed February 7, 1962, by President John F. Kennedy, and has recently reached increasingly extreme dimensions

Author: Enrique Moreno Gimeranez | informacion@granmai.cu
february 4, 2020 09:02:02

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The blockade is real and has lasted more than five decades. Generations of Cubans have suffered its consequences. Its impact is felt in all sectors of society and constitutes a flagrant violation of the human rights of our people, an act of genocide and of economic warfare, the main obstacle to our development, violating international law, the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the principles of free trade.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States began February 7, 1962, reaching increasingly extreme dimensions recently. At current prices, the accumulated damages over almost six decades of this policy, through March of 2019, reached the figure of 138,842,400,000 dollars and, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar as compared to the price of gold on the international market, the blockade has caused quantifiable damages of more than 922,630,000,000 dollars – although its cost within households, neighborhoods and communities is incalculable, given the harm caused to human lives every day.

Yesterday, February 3, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, tweeted: “We condemn the genocidal, cruel, murderous blockade. The blockade violates our human rights,” on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of Presidential Proclamation 3447 (27 fr 1085), imposing the blockade on trade between the United States and Cuba.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla likewise posted a message stating: “58 years after its imposition, the U.S. blockade against Cuba constitutes the most unjust, severe and prolonged system of unilateral coercive measures ever applied against any country. It is genocidal, violates the human rights of an entire people, and must end.

The blockade persists and harms families, but it has failed to achieve its central objective of defeating the Cuban Revolution. The unity, perseverance and dignity of our people, our unbreakable spirit has resisted all coercion and pressure.

Twelve U.S. administrations, since 1959, have only managed to isolate themselves, as evidenced by universal rejection of the blockade, evident in many sectors of U.S. society that favor respectful, mutually beneficial ties, and in the international community’s rejection of the hostile policy, including 28 consecutive resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, since 1992, condemning the blockade.

Dividing the Caribbean, a new U.S. strategy

Dividing the Caribbean, a new U.S. strategy
In the face of new imperialist attempts to separate us, the answer must be more unity and integration in the Caribbean and all of Our America

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Dividing the Caribbean, a new U.S. strategy
“Divide and conquer” was a phrase used by both the Roman emperor Julius Caesar and France’s Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite differences with the military tactics used by these historical figures, this approach seems to be the United States’ political strategy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, in another desperate attempt to divide peoples south of the Rio Bravo and regain ground in an area that Washington continues to consider as its “backyard.”

This modus operandi has been employed in various ways in the region. Offering some carrots and others the stick, applying coercion, promoting conflict or disrupting independent mechanisms of integration, this is how the U.S. administration has worked throughout history. Aware of the risks that unity in Our America entails for its imperial interests, the government has made crafty political moves to undermine integrationist organizations, as part of its plans for a conservative restoration.

On the one hand, the White House promotes the Lima Group and the discredited Organization of American States (OAS) as forums to legitimize the war against Venezuela and other countries that do not submit to its designs. On the other hand, the U.S. maneuvered to incite the exit of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in 2018, and in 2019 Ecuador; Ecuador and Bolivia’s departure from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP); and the recent withdrawal of Brazil from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Now, U.S. plans seem to be directed toward tearing apart the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump met with leaders of a selected group of nations in Florida. Among the topics on the meeting’s agenda were regional cooperation and the situation in Venezuela. After the meeting, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a press release that the government sponsored Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will prioritize the five countries whose leaders met with Trump.

January 21, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Jamaica, where he held meetings with Jamaican leaders, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and emphasized the importance of Caribbean relations with the U.S.

Barbados Prime Minister and Caricom President Mia Mottley criticized the meeting, stating, “As president of Caricom, it is impossible for me to agree that my foreign minister should attend a meeting with someone and that Caricom members should not be invited. It is an attempt to divide the region,” she insisted.

So what is behind this political move by Washington in the Caribbean? First, hopes of gaining Caribbean support within the Organization of American States (OAS) to win approval of escalated attacks on Venezuela, in addition to pressuring these Caricom members to serve U.S. interests and isolate them from their neighbors.

“In 2019 we continue to consolidate relations of friendship and cooperation with the sister nations of the Caribbean, to which we are bound by historical ties and common challenges. The celebration of the 7th Caricom-Cuba Summit next December in Havana will be of vital importance for the country,” stated Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla in a January 20 tweet.

In the face of new imperial efforts to separate us, more unity and integration in the Caribbean, and all of Our America, must be the answer, to keep “the giant with seven league boots” at bay.