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Cuba has the necessary means to diagnose Covid-19

Mar 10, 2020, 1:06 PM

Havana, March 9 (Latin Press). - Cuba today has a network of laboratories and the necessary means for the diagnosis of Covid-19 coronavirus, a disease that has already caused more than 3,823 deaths and 106 thousand 112 infected worldwide.

The equipment was provided by the Ministry of Public Health and the Pan American Health Organization, the director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Cuba, Pedro Kourí (IPK), Manuel Romero, told reporters.

In them, a diagnosis can be made for 17 viruses, such as Influenza A and B, and respiratory syncytial virus, said the expert.

He recalled that the increase in acute respiratory infections occurs more frequently in the West Indian nation at this time of year.

“Other types of coronaviruses that have nothing to do with Covid-19 are also diagnosed,” Romero said.

There are no confirmed cases in the country of Covid-19 said when calling attention to the fact that as a respiratory infection, the population must be alert and aware of their health care, and that of others, before the appearance of any symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and malaise, similar to those of other types of flu that occur frequently in the population.

The scientific institution - which will receive children and pregnant women - has a total of 160 beds to face a possible scenario of the virus entering the national territory, Romero reported.

He explained that the plan to confront Covid-19 contemplates the creation of isolation centers in all the provinces of the Antillean nation and clarified that the samples will be taken from those suspects with clinical and epidemiological criteria.

The IPK -the director of the institution- also works systematically with different types of communicable diseases such as cholera, dengue, Zika, among others.