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Cuba, Omigron and the vaccine process (+ video)

Duran Garcia recalled Beginning with the arrival of international travelers in January 2021, changes in the behavior of the epidemic began to be noticed. The number of infections increased and in April, a delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 was detected, which was more contagious and slightly more severe than the prevalence, when the country experienced an increase in the number of patients.

July, August and September 2021 – National Director of Epidemiology continued- Covit-19 months in Cuba had the highest number of positive and dead patients.

In October and November, statistics began to decline due to preventive measures and, most importantly, the effect of the vaccine, which was decisive. “As of December it had dropped to a record low of 3,845 cases.

“There are many things you need to take into account in December. On December 1, the first case of omigran variation was discovered in the province of Pinar del Rio. In addition, the opening of borders, along with the increase in flights to the island, led to a change in protocols, according to a number of visitors.

“The number of cases is increasing in January, which has been going on for the past three weeks,” said Duran Garcia, adding that the domestic spread continues to dominate the national territory, although there is an increase in imported cases. Increased rotation of the Omigron variant in the world.

He explained that Omigran was highly contagious, but less malignant; That is, it causes less severe symptoms. Added to this is the fact that the entire Cuban population has been vaccinated in practice, i.e., despite the high number of cases, the evolution towards serious and critical stages and towards death is far less than the delta variant. “I reiterate because of the characteristics of the variance and the size of the vaccine in our population,” he stressed.

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July, August, September and October 2021 were the deadliest. “It’s shocking to hear that 2,532 people died in a month,” he said.

It was then the lowest, with the lowest number reported in December (18 deaths and 0.46 deaths, the lowest number of cases) , And in January, although it was associated with December, there were 40 deaths reported in the country as of last Saturday, up 0.07%. Why are deaths declining even though there are more deaths than in December? There are many more cases because the division is so high, ”he explained.

In terms of the incidence rate of confirmed cases per 100,000 citizens, it has risen to 399 in Cuba in the last 14 days, Duran Garcia pointed out. The highest values ​​were recorded in the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud, followed by Mayabeque, Las Tunas, Cienfuegos, Artemisa, Ciego de Ávila, Pinar del Río, Guantanamo and Sancti Spiritus, just five provinces below. National event rate (399 per 100,000 population)

In the Omigron variant, 198 cases were found, the expert clarified that “does not mean that they exist only in the country”. “Not all positive PCR tests are subject to the sequence required to determine whether it is omigrana because it is expensive and is already known to be in circulation.”

However, the study revealed that the total number of cases with Omigron. 144 domestic transactions and the rest imported; Of the victims, 163 were from Cuba and cases were confirmed in all provinces.

Durán García attracted attention A good portion of those affected by this variant go asymptomatic or with very mild manifestations. It is for this reason that many people in Cuba are undiagnosed., Because they do not go to health services and are vaccinated, they choose to isolate themselves at home if they experience any symptoms.

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