Cuban labs work at full capacity in Covid-19 times

Cuban biomolecular laboratories are working at full capacity thanks to their technical and human resources strengths of diagnosing suspected Covid-19 cases across the country, assured this Friday authorities from the Ministry of Public Health.

On his daily press briefing, doctor Francisco Duran, national director of Epidemiology, updated on the Cuban labs working on studying around 2,000 daily samples in the search for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

These labs are the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, the Provincial Center of Havana, Villa Clara and Santiago de Cuba, respectively. In addition to those incorporated later into the mission, as the Hermanos Amejeiras Hospital, the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, and the Civil Defense Research Center. These facilities are located in the western, center and eastern of the country. There, experts of high professionalism and training have been working tirelessly in the fight against the pandemic.

The figure of tested samples daily are up to the number of contacts from the reported and suspected Covid-19 cases; thus, if the Covid-19 patients diminish, as it has been occurring lately, contacts will be less, and so will the samples to study.

Diagnostic tests are carried out not only to healthcare professionals when they finish their quarantine after having assisting Covid-19 patients and the suspected, but also to other vulnerable and risk groups.

This Thursday, the epidemiologist reported 22 Covid-19 cases, rising, in all, to 2,005 cases in Cuba.

Specialists studied 1,363 samples to detect SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and up to now there have been analyzed 101,108 samples to people admitted to hospitals as Covid-19 suspected or contacts of the already Covid-19 afflicted.

Up to this Friday, 569 patients remain in hospitals for clinical-epidemiological watch, and another 1,815 receive follow-up at home from Primary Health Care Units.

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