Villa Clara to the phase III of the recovery stage of the COVID-19

Villa Clara to the phase III of the recovery stage of the COVID-19

It was decided that the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas and Villa Clara go backward to the Phase III of the recovery stage. The decision to change their recovery phase is not homogeneous for all their municipalities, as this depends on the particularities of each of them.

If we work well during this month, as we know how to do so, we will be able to significantly lower the number of active cases, to cut the transmission chains, and to return to levels that are similar to those we had before, said the President of the Republic, Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, this Monday at the meeting of the Temporary Government Working Group for the prevention and control of the COVID-19.

In a day marked by the confirmation of 316 new infections, the highest figure recorded in one day during the entire epidemic; and also the highest report of active cases, 1,738 hospitalized positive patients, the Head of State stressed that it is very important for the country to overcome the complexities of this situation.

You have to do new things, because the situation is different, therefore, you have to see what other things can be done in a different way to find new results in a faster way, Diaz-Canel emphasized.

The Cuban president also reflected on other key issues that today define the confrontation of the epidemic in Cuba: the risk of those families receiving travelers coming from abroad, the elderly people who are infected precisely because they are direct contacts of those who have their source of infection abroad, and the need to ensure that the reduction of these trips to Cuba, which is already a fact, also gives us the possibility of a more effective response to reduce as quickly as possible the number of active cases and the number of patients we have admitted.

Diaz-Canel insisted on the need to avail the results of the PCRs to the international travelers with a greater agility, to enhance the work at the Intensive Care Units, to treat the convalescents so that they have a better quality of life, to keep attention on the most vulnerable sectors and to continue advancing on the path to obtaining a Cuban vaccine that can immunize the population.

At the meeting, in which the Second Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, Jose Ramon Machado Ventura, and the Vice-President of the Republic Salvador Valdes Mesa also participated, the Cuban Deputy Prime Minister, Roberto Morales Ojeda, announced the decision of the Temporary Working Group of the Government that the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas and Villa Clara go backward to the Phase III of the recovery stage, and that Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba remain in the same phase.

On the other hand, Artemisa and Mayabeque move to the Phase I of the recuperative stage; meanwhile, an epidemiological alert was made in the territories of Las Tunas and Guantanamo. The rest of the provinces and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud remain with the health indicators of the new normal.

In several of these territories, the decision to change the phase is not homogeneous for all their municipalities, as this depends on the particularities of each one of them. As Morales Ojeda explained, in order to determine their current phase, the incidence rate per one hundred thousand inhabitants in the last fourteen days and the fulfillment of the percentage of PCR tests conducted as a process indicator will be taken into account, which expresses the active search for positive cases.

At the exchange held at the Palace of the Revolution, when evaluating the current epidemiological scenario, where some territories that were in the new normality went backward to different phases of the recovery stage, the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez meant that this situation will not involve any changes in the school year for those provinces and the economy will keep functioning with stability, with the application of a group of reinforcement measures, especially hygienic-sanitary measures.

Now that we have fewer international travelers, for which we have to dedicate lesser amounts of PCR tests, we have to increase the screening of the vulnerable groups, the areas according to the risk stratification that includes work centers and educational centers that restarted their operations in the New Year, said the Cuban Deputy Prime Minister.

In that sense, Morales Ojeda called for intensifying the rigor in relation to the state sanitary inspection. He also stressed that the events that occurred in recent days have not been associated with tourist poles related to hotel institutions, since the increase in confirmed cases has been seen at the communities and they are associated with international travelers who go to the houses of relatives.

As it is customary in this type of meeting, several provinces of the country that reported new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 were linked via videoconference. On this day, Artemisa, Havana, Mayabeque, Matanzas, Villa Clara and Santiago de Cuba rendered an account.