First cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in Cuba after three Italian citizens test positive to the pandemic disease.
Cuban official media reported Wednesday night that three Italian tourists are the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Caribbean island.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Health, the tourists arrived in Cuba on March 9 and were staying at a hostel in Trinidad, a city east of Havana. A fourth Italian traveler was tested but the results were negative.
Thee Italians who arrived in the country through the Havana airport were all in isolation at the Pedro Kourí Tropical Medicine Institute in Havana, where the tests were carried out. of the illness.
In Cuba, essential hygiene products like soap are scarce and washing hands regularly with soap might be impossible for residents and citizens. State media have also acknowledged that there is a shortage of medications. However, the Ministry said the country was prepared to deal with the coronavirus threat with 3,000 hospital beds in hospitals and 100 beds in intensive care units.