After seven days in institutional quarantine, the 12 Cuban doctors on duty in Angola’s Lunda-Norte province started working yesterday in the 10 municipalities in the province. The municipality of Chitato, headquarters of the province of Lunda-Norte, and home to the most people, received two doctors. Other municipalities received one specialist each.
At least 109 people have died in the Dominican Republic as a result of drinking clerén, a drink made from sugar cane and fermented fruits. Experts have explained that the drink has got a high methanol content, which can lead to subsequent contamination. The victims ingested the drink believing that it is an effective remedy against the coronavirus.
Cuba’s state news agency is reporting that health professionals from the country have arrived in Angola, and will reinforce the fight against COVID-19 in all provinces and municipalities. In addition to assistance, and 30 tons of support material, including medicines, Cuban specialists in several areas will also train national staff, Prensa Latina says.
They were greeted as heroes. Fifty-two Cuban doctors, who who landed at the airport in Milan, were greeted with applause, and even tears, by Italians. From Milan, doctors immediately went to Cremona, and other cities in the Lombardy region, to help Italian colleagues fight the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic of coronavirus.
Stereotypes and homophobic prejudices affect the access and quality of health care of lesbian women in Cuba. “There are lesbian women who are afraid to go to the doctor and spend years without caring about their health,” says Isbrailda Ruiz Bell. “Doctors tell you terrible things when they see that you are not a classic prototype of a woman with a painted face and high heels, and that’s hard. As a result, a person completely stops going to the doctor.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Latin America in the coming days in order to deepen relations with his nation’s allies. Lavrov will visit Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela shortly after his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s tour of four former republics of the Soviet Union, which became the main arena of competition for influence.
Cuba has imposed a general price control plan on Tuesday for all state and private companies in the midst of a deepening economic crisis and increasing US sanctions. The new measures prohibit the rise in prices in retail and wholesale trade, except for products imported and distributed by the State, where current profit margins cannot be increased.
President Donald Trump (R) lifted his tariffs against Mexico and Canada, but is he scaling up on China. So what about cars, steel, aluminium, washing machines, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and Huawei?
Cars: Trump asked for and received a government study on car imports. He was particularly angered last November when General Motors announced that it was closing car assembly plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Trump has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on imported cars in retaliation for GM’s moves.