IFCO's CubaBuzz : Issue 204
Latest Covid-19 update in Cuba
(as of July 7, 2020)
2399  -- Confirmed cases
112 -- Admitted  for clinical epidemiological surveillance
2242 -- Recuperated
86 -- Deaths 

Cubaminrex, July 8, 2020- The National Director of Epidemiology of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Francisco Duran, reported that there were four new cases detected of COVID-19, for a total of 2,399 positive cases across the island.
During his daily press briefing held Wednesday morning, Dr. Duran said that over the past 24 hours -- up until 12 midnight Tuesday night -- fortunately, no patients died from the coronavirus. This is the eleventh consecutive day that there have been no deaths from COVID-19. A total of 86 patients have died in Cuba over the past several months.
To date, 2,242 patients have recovered -- with two patients released from hospitalization during the day on Tuesday.
Famous international scientific magazine recognizes Cuba as example in the confrontation with COVID-19
Cuban News Agency (ACN), July 7, 2020 - The international scientific magazine New Scientist highlighted Cuba as an example in Latin America in the fight against COVID-19 as the country has found strategies to contain the virus and limit deaths.

Cuban medical brigades saved more than 800 lives in Jamaica in June (+Photos)
Prensa Latina, July 7, 2020 - The Cuban medical brigade working in Jamaica saved 823 lives in June as a support to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to data provided to Prensa Latina by the Cuban diplomatic mission in Kingston, the health workers carried out 48,251 medical consultations and 56,396 nursing services.

Cuba Sends Another 3 Medical Brigades to Africa
Telesur, July 6, 2020 - Cuba’s foreign affairs minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla Monday announced the arrival of three Cuban medical brigades in Equatorial Guinea, to assist COVID-19 patients.

“Henry Reeve Brigades leave for Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe and Sierra Leone, where they will help in the fight against COVID-19,” Parrilla Tweeted.

Donation to the MINSAP by Cuban residents in China
OnCuba, July 4, 2020 - According to a note from the Agencia Cubana de Noticias (ACN) news agency, the Ernesto Che Guevara  Association of Cuban Residents in China  made a donation of 10,000 sanitary masks for health professionals who are fighting against the coronavirus on the island.

#WhiteCoatsForBlackLives Wants Racial Justice In The Medical Field
The Real News, July 7, 2020 - The healthcare industry has a long and well-documented history of racist treatment of Black and Indigenous people. Now, doctors join the movement for Black lives.

Story Transcript

This is a rush transcript and may contain errors. It will be updated.

Kim Brown: Welcome to The Real News. I’m Kim Brown. In the weeks since the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there have been daily sustained protests across the country advocating for the equality and liberation of vulnerable and marginalized communities, particularly that of Black people. One such protest came from the medical community. If you search the hashtag White Coats For Black Lives, what you’ll find is a smattering of media, ranging from videos to photos, to outright statements acknowledging and yet decrying racism that exists within the medical field with statements and pledges to do better and help to alleviate this issue. Joining us today to discuss this is Randi Abramson, M.D. She is the Chief Medical Officer for an organization in Washington, D.C. called Bread For The City, where their mission is to help low-income district residents empower their communities through various means of aid. Dr. Abramson joins us today from Washington D.C. Thank you so much for being here.

Randi Abramson: Sure. Thanks for having me.

In related news:
Cuba reopens its borders to international tourism
Granma, July 7, 2020 - With an infrastructure constructed in harmony with nature over more than two decades, the Cuban beach resorts of Jardines del Rey and Cayo Santa María, off the northern coast of the provinces of Ciego de Ávila and Villa Clara, respectively, continue their consolidation as essential tourist destinations.

Available, between the two, are 46 four and five-star hotels, with more than 19,000 rooms open to national and international tourism, placing them among the most attractive sites in Cuba and the entire Caribbean.

Morality as our banner

Granma July 7, 2020-     Once again, an attempt was made to manipulate the issue of human rights to discredit Cuba, following the same dishonest, 60-year-old prefabricated script. The double standards, political manipulation and selectivity in addressing the issue were deployed unsuccessfully, in an effort to overshadow our achievements before the world.

The stage on this occasion was the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, where an individual attempted to present a long list of lies attacking our country, in a brazen anti-Cuban show, to be amplified in the slanderous media campaign against the island.

In related news:
US hate speech against Cuba encourages terrorist actions
Prensa Latina, July 7, 2020-
The Alternate Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ana Silvia Rodriguez, stated today that the hate speeches and messages promoted by the US Government encourage terrorist actions against the island.

In a speech at one of the panels organized as part of the Virtual Anti-Terrorism Week at the UN, she expressed great concern about the practice of some governments, such as the US, of using hate and discrimination messages in their speeches against nations whose political systems are not like theirs.

Cuba in UNESCO Transcultural Project
OnCuba, July 3, 2020- The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO ), Audrey Azoulay, this Thursday highlighted the importance of the Transcultural Project.

Deepening integration within the Caribbean region and strengthening cooperation and exchanges between people, both within the region and between it and the European Union (EU), is the general objective that encourages the implementation of the project.

Telesur, July 5, 2020- Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel Sunday ratified the Caribbean Island solidarity with Venezuela on the 209th anniversary of the Bolivarian Republic's Declaration of Independence.

"I send a strong embrace of solidarity to the dear people of Bolivar and Chavez on this new anniversary. Venezuela can always count on Cuba," Diaz-Canel tweeted.

Thirty years ago, the São Paulo Forum gave the left heart
Granma, July 6, 2020- Thirty years ago, on the initiative of Fidel Castro, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and the Brazilian Workers' Party, in an adverse context for the left around the world, when many believed that socialism was a dead-end and neoliberalism was advancing, the Encounter of Latin America and the Caribbean Political Parties and Movements, renamed the São Paulo Forum a year later, was held in São Paulo, July 2-4, 1990.

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