Cuban girl performs at Havana's 2019 carnival.
Photo Norlys Pérez Padrón

Medicare for All effective against spread of COVID-19

Cuban readiness curbs Coronavirus

An atmosphere of calm and concern envelops the island as doctors, the national health care system, together with 11 million inhabitants organize to combat COVID-19. In Cuba we say, Solidarity is the Vaccine. Every Cuban has enlisted in the battle against coronavirus.

New Cuba entry regulations begin March 24, 2020

HAVANA, CUBA – Mar 21, 2020 – Cuba will limit incoming travel to residents for the next 30 days. All arrivals will be quarantined for 14 days to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The regulation excludes cargo and trade. Cuban airspace will remain open, as well as airports, to facilitate comings and goings of medical, scientific and emergency personnel.

To date, all cases of COVID-19 have been with visitors, and transmission from Cubans returning from abroad.

Foreign visitors staying in private homes are encouraged to move to hotels, all of which provide medical services. Visitors are
requested to make arrangements to return home in the coming days.

Cubans are urged to postpone international trips and domestic travel. Restaurant seating is reduced to 50 percent of capacity to avoid crowding. Events and large public gatherings including sports, entertainment, theaters, and cinemas are temporarily closed.

Cuba’s battle numbers in the war against COVID-19

Report for Day 21 since the first infection on March 10, 2020.

  • Positive 170. In hospital 161. Evacuated 1. Recovered 4. Deceased 4.
  • Monitoring In hospital 2,681. Foreigners 91, and Cubans 2590.
  • Persons being monitored in their homes 29,885.
  • Persons evaluated in hospitals to date 36,531.
  • Persons evaluated by community doctors to date 37,788.
  • Virus source from abroad 147. Local spread 23.
CASE DATE NATIONALITY TRANSMISSION AGE GENDER STATUS
1 10 Mar Italian Lombardy 61 Male Deceased
2 10 Mar Italian Lombardy ? Female Discharged
3 10 Mar Italian Lombardy ? Male Discharged
4 12 Mar Cuban Milan via spouse 25 Male Discharged
5 16 Mar Cuban Spain 63 Male Critical
6 17 Mar Cuban Italy via cruise ship 38 Male Grave
7 17 Mar Cuban Milan via daughter 65 Male Discharged
8 17 Mar Cuban Madrid 25 Male Satisfactory
9 17 Mar Cuban New Jersey 67 Female Satisfactory
10 17 Mar USA California 77 Male Evacuated
11 18 Mar Canadian Canada 57 Male Satisfactory
12 19 Mar Cuban Rome 37 Female Satisfactory
13 19 Mar French Paris 69 Male Satisfactory
14 19 Mar Italian Lombardy 71 Male Stable
15 19 Mar Spanish Madrid 34 Male Satisfactory
16 19 Mar Canadian Montreal 81 Male Satisfactory
17 20 Mar Belgian Belgium-Spain 25 Female Satisfactory
18 20 Mar Cuban Guyana 36 Female Satisfactory
19 20 Mar Cuban France 32 Male Satisfactory
20 20 Mar Cuban Spain 76 Male Satisfactory
21 20 Mar Cuban Spain 35 Male Satisfactory
22 21 Mar Cuban Spain ? Male Satisfactory
23 21 Mar Chinese China 52 Male Satisfactory
24 21 Mar Spanish Spain 60 Male Satisfactory
25 21 Mar Cuban Italy via spouse ? Female Satisfactory
26 22 Mar Cuban Madrid via daughter 94 Female Satisfactory
27 22 Mar Cuban Cancun, MX 39 Male Satisfactory
28 22 Mar Cuban Hotel worker 23 Male Satisfactory
29 22 Mar Cuban Madrid 1.5 Male Satisfactory
30 22 Mar Cuban Madrid 19 Female Satisfactory
31 22 Mar Cuban Miami 27 Male Satisfactory
32 22 Mar Cuban Italy 58 Female Satisfactory
33 22 Mar Canadian Canada-Mexico 56 Female Satisfactory
34 22 Mar Canadian Canada-Mexico 76 Male Satisfactory
35 22 Mar Canadian Canada-Mexico 66 Female Satisfactory
36 23 Mar Russian Russia-France 45 Male Deceased
37 23 Mar Cuban Canada via friend 91 Female Stable
38 23 Mar Cuban Spain 57 Male Satisfactory
39 23 Mar French France 57 Male Satisfactory
40 23 Mar Cuban Spain 31 Male Satisfactory
41 24 Mar Cuban Spain 57 Female Satisfactory
42 24 Mar Cuban Uruguay 42 Male Satisfactory
43 24 Mar Cuban Asturias, Spain 60 Female Satisfactory
44 24 Mar Russian Russia 60 Female Satisfactory
45 24 Mar Cuban United States 36 Male Satisfactory
46 24 Mar Cuban Louisiana, USA 42 Female Satisfactory
47 24 Mar Cuban Dominic Republic 49 Male Serious
48 24 Mar Cuban United States 49 Male Satisfactory
49 25 Mar Cuban Miami 48 Male Satisfactory
50 25 Mar Cuban Mexico 32 Female Satisfactory
51 25 Mar Cuban Ecuador 55 Male Serious
52 25 Mar Colombian Ecuador 51 Female Satisfactory
53 25 Mar Cuban Italy via friends 44 Female Satisfactory
54 25 Mar French France 72 Male Serious
55 25 Mar Croatian Croatia-Germany 34 Female Satisfactory
56 25 Mar French Paris 38 Female Satisfactory
57 25 Mar Cuban Madrid 78 Female Satisfactory
58 26 Mar Cuban Canadian contact 49 Female Satisfactory
59 26 Mar Russian Russia-France 48 Female Satisfactory
60 26 Mar Cuban United States 55 Female Satisfactory
61 26 Mar Cuban Canadian contact 76 Male Satisfactory
62 26 Mar Cuban Foreign visitors 36 Female Satisfactory
63 26 Mar Cuban Foreign visitors 44 Male Satisfactory
64 26 Mar Cuban Guyana 31 Female Satisfactory
65 26 Mar Cuban Marseille, France 44 Male Satisfactory
66 26 Mar Cuban Miami 37 Female Satisfactory
67 26 Mar Cuban Orlando, FL 85 Female Satisfactory
68 27 Mar French France 56 Male Satisfactory
69 27 Mar Cuban Foreign visitors 24 Male Satisfactory
70 27 Mar Cuban Guyana 8 Female Satisfactory
71 27 Mar Cuban United States 7 Female Satisfactory
72 27 Mar Cuban Cancun, MX 13 Male Satisfactory
73 27 Mar Cuban Panama 48 Male Satisfactory
74 27 Mar Cuban Spain 21 Female Satisfactory
75 27 Mar Cuban Foreign visitors 92 Female Satisfactory
76 27 Mar Cuban Foreign visitors 33 Male Satisfactory
77 27 Mar Cuban Foreign visitors 17 Female Satisfactory
78 27 Mar Cuban United States 33 Male Satisfactory
79 27 Mar Cuban Venezuela 53 Female Critical
80 27 Mar Cuban Miami 17 Male Satisfactory
81 28 Mar Cuban United States 62 Female Serious
82 28 Mar Cuban Guyana 25 Male Satisfactory
83 28 Mar Cuban Foreign via mother 25 Female Satisfactory
84 28 Mar Cuban Panama 29 Female Satisfactory
85 28 Mar Cuban Local 44 Male Satisfactory
86 28 Mar Cuban Local 64 Female Satisfactory
87 28 Mar Cuban Local 70 Male Satisfactory
88 28 Mar Cuban Lima, Peru 47 Female Satisfactory
89 28 Mar Cuban Local 37 Male Satisfactory
90 28 Mar Cuban Local 66 Male Satisfactory
91 28 Mar Cuban United States 53 Female Critical
92 28 Mar Cuban Mexico 64 Female Satisfactory
93 28 Mar Cuban United States 53 Male Satisfactory
94 28 Mar Cuban Mexico 39 Female Satisfactory
95 28 Mar Cuban Nicaragua 54 Female Satisfactory
96 28 Mar Cuban Spain 52 Male Satisfactory
97 28 Mar Cuban Spain 52 Male Satisfactory
98 28 Mar Cuban United States 11 Male Satisfactory
99 28 Mar Cuban Miami 15 Male Satisfactory
100 28 Mar Cuban USA via husband 51 Female Satisfactory
101 28 Mar Cuban Local 14 Male Satisfactory
102 28 Mar Cuban Local 12 Female Satisfactory
103 28 Mar Cuban Croatian contact 29 Female Satisfactory
104 28 Mar Cuban Spanish contact 45 Male Satisfactory
105 28 Mar Cuban Spanish contact 42 Male Satisfactory
106 28 Mar Cuban Local 47 Female Satisfactory
107 28 Mar Cuban Local 29 Female Satisfactory
108 28 Mar Cuban Mexico 28 Male Satisfactory
109 28 Mar Cuban United States 6 Male Satisfactory
110 28 Mar Cuban United States 29 Female Satisfactory
111 28 Mar Cuban Panama 28 Male Satisfactory
112 28 Mar Cuban Haiti 29 Female Satisfactory
113 28 Mar Cuban Miami 21 Female Satisfactory
114 28 Mar Cuban United States 60 Male Satisfactory
115 28 Mar Cuban Panama 43 Female Satisfactory
116 28 Mar Cuban Canada 54td> Female Satisfactory
117 28 Mar Cuban Madrid 53 Male Satisfactory
118 28 Mar Cuban USA via guests 77 Male Satisfactory
119 28 Mar Cuban Tampa, FL 44 Male Satisfactory
120 29 Mar Cuban United States 61 Female Satisfactory
121 29 Mar Cuban Local 32 Female Satisfactory
122 29 Mar Cuban Local 24 Female Satisfactory
123 29 Mar Cuban Dominican Republic 55 Male Satisfactory
124 29 Mar Cuban United States 32 Male Satisfactory
125 29 Mar Cuban United States 55td> Male Satisfactory
126 29 Mar Cuban United States 47 Male Satisfactory
127 29 Mar Cuban Local 16 Female Satisfactory
128 29 Mar Cuban United States 55 Male Satisfactory
129 29 Mar Cuban United States 53 Male Satisfactory
130 29 Mar Cuban Local 45 Male Satisfactory
131 29 Mar Cuban Mexico 61 Female Satisfactory
132 29 Mar Cuban Venezuela 55 Female Satisfactory
133 29 Mar Cuban Local 53 Male Satisfactory
134 29 Mar Cuban Local 45 Male Satisfactory
135 29 Mar Cuban Local 58 Female Satisfactory
136 29 Mar Cuban United States 19 Male Satisfactory
137 29 Mar Cuban Mexico 58 Male Satisfactory
138 29 Mar Cuban Tampa, FL 28 Male Satisfactory
139 29 Mar Cuban Local 43 Male Satisfactory
140 30 Mar Cuban Cancun, MX 50 Female Satisfactory
141 30 Mar Cuban Local 13 Male Satisfactory
142 30 Mar Cuban USA via guests 52 Female Satisfactory
143 30 Mar Cuban Spain 25 Female Satisfactory
144 30 Mar Chinese China 52 Male Satisfactory
145 30 Mar Cuban USA via friend 38 Male Satisfactory
146 30 Mar Cuban Spain via spouse 47 Male Satisfactory
147 30 Mar Cuban Spanish friends 75 Female Satisfactory
148 30 Mar Cuban Local 54 Female Satisfactory
149 30 Mar Cuban Panama 37 Female Satisfactory
150 30 Mar Cuban Italian friends 49 Male Satisfactory
151 30 Mar Cuban Local 51 Male Satisfactory
152 30 Mar Cuban Spain 70 Female Satisfactory
153 30 Mar Cuban Local 25 Female Satisfactory
154 30 Mar Cuban Cancun, MX 57 Female Satisfactory
155 30 Mar Cuban USa via brother 70 Female Satisfactory
156 30 Mar Cuban Local 61 Female Satisfactory
157 30 Mar Cuban Local 1.5 Female Satisfactory
158 30 Mar Cuban French tourists 55 Male Satisfactory
159 30 Mar Cuban Panamanian friend 45 Male Satisfactory
160 30 Mar Cuban United States 67 Male Satisfactory
161 30 Mar Cuban USA via husband 26 Female Satisfactory
162 30 Mar Cuban USA via father 0.6 Female Satisfactory
163 30 Mar Cuban Mexico 29 Female Satisfactory
164 30 Mar Cuban United States 48 Male Satisfactory
165 30 Mar Cuban United States 57 Female Satisfactory
166 30 Mar Cuban Spanish contacts 63 Male Deceased
167 30 Mar Cuban Spain 48 Male Satisfactory
168 30 Mar Cuban Venezuelan traveler 29 Male Satisfactory
169 30 Mar American United States 4 Male Satisfactory
170 30 Mar Cuban France 32 Female Satisfactory

Cuban Coronavirus measures and prevention update

When the world was gripped by fear over the SARS outbreak in 2003, not a single case of the disease emerged in Cuba. The island government’s disease control and emergency readiness and prevention systems serve as a global health model.

When coronavirus was first identified in China in late 2019, Cuban public health officials took immediate action to enact a nationwide prevention and preparedness program. Testing kits were distributed to community clinics across the island. Thousands of hospital beds were readied. Medicines and supplies were stockpiled.

A rigorous education campaign was launched and discussed in every community, school, and workplace. Scores of contingencies were set in motion. Prevention measures were broadcast daily. In Cuba, disease control is a constitutional mandate.

Cuban international and domestic actions and support

  • Cuban doctors are helping in 33 countries where the transmission of COVID-19 has been confirmed. An additional 400 Cuban doctors are being trained to assist with coronavirus preparedness, controls and treatments abroad. The Cuban developed medicine Interferon Alpha 2B (IFNrec) is being used successfully for patient recovery.
  • Cuba is providing humanitarian care to travelers with coronavirus on the stranded British cruise ship MS Braemar of the Fred Olsen Line.
  • Cuban president Díaz-Canel, together with medical and epidemiological experts, provides daily updates on national preparedness measures and reports on the status of infected persons.
  • The national mobile phone company, ETECSA, sends text messages to every cell phone user providing news and emergency help contact lines. Central coordination eliminates confusion, chaos, and waste of resources.

Cuba’s role in global medical and scientific cooperation

Cuba developed and produces Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2B (IFNrec), which is being used by Chinese doctors to effectively treat and cure patients infected with the coronavirus.

Cuban scientists and medical professionals are working in China, and other hard-hit nations, to assist patients, and to learn about the disease, its treatment, transmission, and prevention. Cuban medical professionals are in constant communication and coordinate actions with world disease prevention and control organizations.

Over six decades of collaboration and solidarity with third world nations most in need, Cuban doctors and scientists have been on the front lines assisting poor and working people during health crises. From Ebola in African countries to SARS in Asia to rampant, yet curable or preventable tropical maladies such as dengue, sleeping sickness, leprosy, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, river blindness, snail fever, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV; Cubans have been there to assist.

Cuba’s commitment to the health of its population goes far beyond its borders and is recognized by the international community as a model for global medical cooperation.

Cuba has aided and joined forces with over a hundred countries to combat and defeat scourges uncommon in the northern hemisphere, resulting in millions of lives saved. Its only motivation: the well-being of all.

How does Cuba travel safety compare to other nations?

Boy riding horse in Viñales Cuba.
Cuba: So safe and friendly.

The world tourism body FITUR considers Cuba among the safest countries for tourism. Cuba is exceptional. No drugs, gangs, and consequent violent crime. No terrorism, kidnappings, or mass shootings. Tropical diseases are abated. Cubans look after American visitors as if they were family.

World travel advisories rank Cuba as extremely safe. Guests are told to “take normal security precautions” when visiting the island. The US State Department asks Americans to “exercise increased caution,” placing Cuba on the same safety level as England, France, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, and Belgium.

Lonely Planet travel journal remarks: “There is almost no gun crime, violent robbery, organized gang culture, teenage delinquency, drugs or dangerous no-go zones. If a local comes at you holding a machete, he’s probably about to split open a coconut for you.”  

A welcoming people seeks visitors – no overtourism in Cuba

American visits Mural of Prehistory in Viñales Cuba.
Cuba: So pristine and uncrowded.

Unlike Amsterdam, Barcelona, Machu Picchu, Venice, Paris, and other historic destinations, overtourism is not a problem in Cuba. Overtourism causes housing shortages and high costs for food and services. Resentment builds among locals as only a handful reap tourism profits. Visitors often feel the animosity.

In Cuba, everyone benefits equally from tourism proceeds. Cuba’s chief source of income is used to support free education and health care, and environmental, housing and infrastructure projects. When visiting Cuba, you are elevating the lives of many and embraced as a friend.

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