Cuba Confirms its First Three Coronavirus Cases

The Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), in Havana.  Photo: Diario de Cuba

HAVANA TIMES – The fear that the coronavirus could arrive in Cuba at any moment has now become a reality with the first confirmed cases.

Tonight, Wednesday, March 11, the State TV newscast reported that three infected Italian tourists have been detected.

Below we publish the full press release:

Press Release from the Ministry of Public Health: Three tourists in Cuba have the new coronavirus

The evolution of the three confirmed patients is favorable and none to date presents a danger to their lives.

Our country has been preparing to confront the pandemic caused by the appearance of the new coronavirus, which affects more than one hundred countries today and has caused a considerable number of sick and deceased.

As a result of the implementation of the National Plan for the Prevention and Control of this disease, and the intensive surveillance of Respiratory Syndromes, suspicious cases have been identified and hospitalized.

On March 10, 2020, four Italian tourists with respiratory symptoms were identified who were staying in a hostel in the city of Trinidad in Sancti Spíritus province and who had arrived at the José Martí International Airport in Havana on Monday, March 9, traveling that same day to Trinidad.

They were immediately admitted to the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), in Havana.

On March 11, 2020, the IPK National Reference Laboratory reported that three of the four tourists isolated since the previous day were positive for the New Coronavirus SARS CoV-2.

Epidemiological surveillance and control actions are being carried out on people identified as contacts, who remain asymptomatic.

The evolution of the three confirmed patients is favorable and none to date have been in life-threatening situations.


35 thoughts on “Cuba Confirms its First Three Coronavirus Cases

  • Good luck trying to get out of the country no more air canada just laid off 5000 workers here canada us border closed to all unecental people toronto has over 300 cases now thankfully I’m not one of them

  • I hope that Cuba practices transparency as they work through the effects of this pandemic. Admitting these first 4 (maybe 5) cases is an encouraging first step. I happened to be Cuba a few years ago at the same time Cuba was going through a cholera outbreak. There was a huge disconnect between what was published in Granma or repeated on the national news and what was clearly being seen on the streets. Fidel Castro’s ego continues to dominate the political apparatchik by minimizing if not ignoring bad news and exaggerating if not outright inventing good news. As COVID-19 runs its course in Cuba, giving the Cuban people and foreigners all the facts will go a long way to helping everyone to make the best decisions regarding their personal health care.

  • A lot of people are asking similar questions. My recommendation is try to postpone your trip. However, that said, Cuba says some people might prefer to be there than their own countries. One problem that could arise by your trip back home is that your flight is cancelled or that you are forced into a quarantine situation upon returning home. Therefore, if you decide to brave it and go on your scheduled trip make sure you have a good amount of extra money in case your stay becomes prolonged.

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