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Cuba Follows New Zealand To Say Its Close To Eliminating Covid-19


Cuba Follows New Zealand To Say Its Close To Eliminating Covid-19
After New Zealand, Cuba is the second country to announce that they are close to eliminating the novel coronavirus form the country.
The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has already wrecked havoc in many countries across the world and more than 7,193,478 confirmed cases have been reported with deaths due to the virus reaching 408,615.
Cuba would soon start “recovery” from the epidemic, said Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel this weekend. “We could be shortly closing in on the tail end of the pandemic and entering the phase of recovery from COVID,” he said.
The total number of people infected by the virus was only at 2,200 which is the 93rd highest in the world. Only 83 of those infected with the virus in the country have succumbed to the virus. Authorities have said that six of the people infected and died with the disease were asymptomatic. The country said that that the total number of asymptomatic patients in the country was at 1,160.
Authorities in the country said that 2,200 diagnostic tests were studied to detect the presence of the coronavirus on Sunday I he country. A total of 120,536 samples have been accumulated in the country and the tests were primarily carried out on people who were suspected to have the disease or had come in contact with the patients suffering from the viral infection.
Cuba also did not report any fresh cases of death in the country because of Covid-19 as on Monday.
The Cuban government was quick to react to the coronavirus pandemic, just like many other countries, as it was put into lockdown on March 23.
The government and authorities had made face masks mandatory for residents as well as imposed strict quarantine orders which differentiated Cuba from many other countries that also resorted to lockdowns to try and prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Further, the country had also been particularly severe in implementing legal provision for breaking of preventive measures and had imposed heavy fines and even passed prison sentences after trials for people violating lockdown and quarantine orders and had also broadcast the crimes and punishments widely through its state media outlets.
Earlier on Sunday, New Zealand was the first country in the world to claim that it was close to eradicating the virus from within its borders as the country did not report any fresh cases of infection on Sunday. All restrictions and measures related to Covid-19 has been lifted in the country but has decided to prevent entry of foreigners into the country by still keeping its borders closed.
"While we're in a safer, stronger position, there's still no easy path back to pre-Covid life, but the determination and focus we have had on our health response will now be vested in our economic rebuild. While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone. So can I finish with a very simple, 'Thank you, New Zealand'," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.