Cuban doctors head to Italy to fight coronavirus

  • Cuban doctors head to Italy to fight coronavirus

Cuban doctors head to Italy to fight coronavirus

Holding the Cuban flag and wearing surgical masks Cuban doctors arrived in Italy on Sunday (March 22).

This came at the behest of a request made on part of the worst-affected region in Italy, Lombardy.

And while a - research study pointed out that the country has provided more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined, Cuba's aid to Italy in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic is notably surprising. Gallera is the person who put in the request for Cuban doctors.

This is the sixth medical aid team Cuba has dispatched recently overseas to combat the disease. Recently it sent contingents to doctors to its socialist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Italy's civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli said that a total of 5,476 people have died with the Coronavirus in Italy, with 46,638 people now infected and 7,024 recovered. The vast majority of people recover from the COVID-19 disease.

Since the 1959 revolution, the Caribbean country has sent Cuban medical personnel overseas to disaster sites around the world, particularly in poor countries.

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Cuban doctors were on the front lines in the fight against cholera in Haiti and against Ebola in West Africa 10 years ago. "Cuban nationals would not be permitted to leave (the) country".

Britain also thanked Cuba last week for allowing a British cruise ship that had been turned away by several Caribbean ports to dock on the island and for enabling the evacuation of the more than 600 passengers onboard.

Italy welcomes team of doctors and nurses from Cuba.

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In response to these measures, Bahamasair officially announced that effective March 24 all flights scheduled into Havana, Cuba are suspended until further notice.

Both China and Russian Federation have also sent aid to Italy.

Cuba has closed its borders to all tourists and Bahamian tourists on the island are encouraged to leave, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.