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Cuba sends doctors to Italy in fight against COVID-19

Cuba has joined the ongoing fight against the coronavirus disease by sending doctors to Italy.

Humanity on display

In a move that speaks of the volumes of humanity that have been present in the fight against the deadly new virus, Cuba sent several doctors to help Italy bring the illness down to control.

Yesterday, around 52 Cuban doctors arrived in Italy to join the fight against the new coronavirus infection that is sweeping through the globe at an alarming rate.

The COVID-19 illness has spiralled out of control in Italy. With over 59,000 cases reported and over 5000 deaths, COVID-19 has hardest hit the European nation. The country lost nearly 800 people on Saturday alone, a record number of fatalities in twenty-four hours from the illness.

On Sunday (March 22, 2020), the fatalities were down to over 500 but things remain bleak.

Italy surpasses China’s death toll

Italian Prime Minister, Giussepe Conte said the situation was like a warzone. Despite having fewer infections than China, Italy has surpassed the official death toll of the illness in China.

In many pandemics that the world has witnessed in the past, Cuban doctors have always been a significant export to other countries.

Solidarity in times of crisis

Holding up flags of the two countries, Cuba and Italy, in a show of solidarity, the doctors made their way out of the Malpensa Airport near Milan.

Cuba becomes the second country to send doctors to Italy to help the country’s health workers cope with the enormous numbers of new infections and deaths. China, where the virus originated from, also sent doctors to Italy.

“We are all afraid, but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfil.” The Cuban doctors said on arrival.

Cuba was under US sanctions for close to half a century. But the country has emerged to be one of the best in terms of health care. It also has the best doctors per capita, after Qatar.

Cuba’s biggest export

According to sources, Cuba gets around $ 11 billion a year by leasing its medical professionals to other countries. Among the states that have benefitted from the Cuban doctors, is Kenya. So far, Cuba has around 50,000 doctors in 67 countries.

Among the illnesses that the Cuban doctors have helped fight include Cholera in Haiti and Ebola in Central and West Africa.

So far, COVID-19 has infected over 300,000 people in over 160 countries and territories. The death toll has surpassed 13,000 people. 92,000 people have so far recovered.

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