New effective measures today in Cuba for international health surveillance

HAVANA, Jan 5 (ACN) New measures of international health surveillance against the spread of COVID-19 are effective from today in Cuba, taking into account the increase in the diagnosis of the disease in recent days, and the high strength of the spread of the disease. The omicron variant, already in the country.

according to Ministry of Public HealthPassengers, resident or not in Cuban territory, must submit a complete vaccination scheme, as well as a negative result of RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction), which is performed at most 72 hours before the flight.

In addition, randomized monitoring will be increased, starting with the performance of RT-PCR at the border in travelers from high-risk countries.

In the case of Cubans residing in the country who do not have a vaccination plan, to enter the national territory, sample collection for RT-PCR must be carried out at the point of entry, and a mandatory quarantine (for eight days) must be carried out in a hotel for this purpose, with accommodation and transportation costs borne .

On the seventh day, a new sample will be taken, if it is negative it will allow it to be taken out of quarantine.

Travelers from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Malawi and Eswatini are required to submit a complete vaccination schedule and negative RT-PCR results at the point of entry.

A sample of RT-PCR will be taken from crew members at the point of entry, and they will carry out a mandatory eight-day quarantine.

Foreigners who arrive in the country and are part of international school enrollment and scholarships in Cuban institutions, technicians and resident foreign collaborators, will be quarantined for eight days in their centers, and PCR-RT checkout will be carried out on the seventh day of arrival.

Children up to 12 years of age, of any nationality or origin, and adults who, for duly approved medical reasons, cannot be vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved until today by the corresponding regulatory bodies, will not require a full vaccination plan.

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Passengers who have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, will be admitted to the designated health facilities in each region, and their direct contacts will be isolated at centers equipped for this, or at home.

As an internal measure, it is forbidden to carry out massive activities that generate agglomerations of people, while retaining those of small form, in accordance with established sanitary measures.

In Cuba, between November 29 and December 25, sequencing of PCR samples performed at the Pedro Curie Institute of Tropical Medicine identified 72 individuals (in 12 provinces) with the omicron variant, which has been declared a concern by the World Health Organization.

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