Cuban health authorities on Wednesday reported 74 deaths and 6,609 Covid-19 cases, whose figure fell below 7,000 for the fifth consecutive day, but it continues to be high.
Dr. Francisco Duran, director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), informed that 25 of new patients are imported, while the remaining cases are autochthonous, totaling 659,464 contagions recorded in the country with the disease.
In his regular press briefing on television, Dr. Duran said that the death toll rose to 5,377.
He added that 3.8 percent of the newly reported cases were asymptomatic, so the number of patients without symptoms rose to 117,793 since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country.
The specialist informed that the figure of 1,504 contagions in pediatric patients (people under 18) was worrying, among 114 children under one year of age, 58 of whom were less than six months old.
Easternmost Pinar del Rio province ranks first among the hardest-hit territories by the disease, with 1,267 cases recorded in the last few hours, followed by Havana with 773, and Cienfuegos with 611.
Cuba showed an incidence rate of 1,094.9 coronavirus cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 15 days.
On Tuesday, 8,150 people were discharged from hospitals nationwide, so 620,157 patients have already recovered to date.
According to MINSAP, 96,416 active patients are in hospitals or their homes nationwide, including 58,343 suspected cases, 4,200 under epidemiological surveillance and 33,873 active patients with the virus.
Cuba’s chief epidemiologist stated that 440 patients are being treated in intensive care units, 150 of them are in a critical condition and 290 are seriously ill.