Covid-19, the Territory Anomaly
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7th June 2020, 07:38 AM
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The World Health Organization has identified Latin America as the new centre for coronavirus pandemic, but over the last two months, cases in Cuba have fallen. Cubans are now 24 times less likely to catch the virus than Dominicans, 27 times less likely to catch it than Mexicans, and more than 70 times less likely to be infected than Brazilians.
“Asymptomatic cases are identified through contact tracing followed by antibody testing and, when positive, a PCR [polymerase chain reaction test, which can find viral particles on a person] for confirmation,” she said.
In Cuba there is no judicial recourse to enforced isolation. The use of face masks in public is mandatory, and people who refuse to wear them can be fined or even jailed.
At a time when eccentric, anti-science populists run the region’s most powerful countries, Cuba’s evidence-based approach – and strict enforcement – sets it apart.
“Their real success has been applying the most important public health measures that physicians around the world know are effective,” said Reed. “And they’ve had the political will to make it work.”
Cuba sets example with successful programme to contain coronavirus
(The Guardian, June 7, 2020)
Not a lot of tests, 10,461 per million, but having doctors visit families on a daily basis, testing only suspected cases seems to work.
Total cases: 2,191
New cases: 18
Active cases: 246
Total deaths: 83
Deaths per million: 7
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