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Cuba Beating COVID-19

HAVANA, CUBA - MARCH 21: Cuban Vice President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel arrives for talks with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Palace of the Revolution March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. The first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years, Obama and Castro will sit down for bilateral talks and will deliver joint statements to the news media. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)


May 18, 2020 |  By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |

The Cuban authorities have been making great strides in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past 24 hours there has been no deaths in Cuba from the virus.

Studies have shown that of the 20 Caribbean Islands there has been only 84 deaths. This is regarded as being relatively low when compared with rich developed countries. Canada for example has over 4, 400 deaths. Montreal, Quebec alone has over 2,000 deaths.

Methodology

Emphasis has been placed on early lockdown and aggressive contact tracing. Will Brant, a noted journalist has reported that despite the economic position of these developing states when compared to their more developed counterparts deaths have been very low. Deaths he further added are “a very low figure of 84 when compared with death figures which are much higher. “There has been house to house visits by two member teams dressed in white.”

84 Deaths

Of twenty (20) nations surveyed in the Caribbean the death toll is only 84. The leadership of Jamaica and Barbados to name a few have been very proactive and have had very low death tolls. Barbados is 7 and Jamaica 9 at press time.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper

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