In the South Bronx, Dr. Melissa Barber battles COVID-19, putting into practice the lessons she learned in Cuba, at the Latin American School of Medicine. The United States has not been able to control COVID-19. The Donald Trump administration did not react in time, played down the reality, and as a result more than 34,000 people have died. Yet the government finds time to attack Cuba. The U.S. blockade of Cuba, the longest in history anywhere, has been maintained and tightened to limit the Cuban health system's access to essential inputs to confront the deadly SARS CoV-2.
Doha, April 24, 2020.- The Holy month of Ramadan will have very special characteristics this year due to the necessary social distancing in all over the world, Muslims and non-Muslims, due to the Pandemic of COVID19. In our case, for the officials of the Embassy of Cuba in Qatar, the situation will not be different from that of Qatari citizens and foreign residents, since all of us have to strictly respect the measures in force.
The impact of COVID-19 can already be measured and will be assessed in the future by the striking numbers of people infected, the unacceptable numbers of deaths, the unquestionable damages to the world economy, production, trade, employment and personal income of millions of people. It is a crisis that goes well beyond the scope of health. The pandemic has emerged and spread amidst a scenario previously marked by overwhelming economic and social inequalities within and among nations. With the unprecedented wave of migrants and refugees, xenophobia and racial discrimination have reemerged.
Cuba's solidarity hand also reached Qatar with more than 200 doctors and nurses from the Henry Reeve Brigade. To this should be added the 500 professionals from the Cuban Hospital in Dukhan, which has been converted for several days into a Hospital Center for the care of patients with COVID-19. Dr Abdullatif al Khal, Co-Chair of the National Pandemic Preparedness Committee, told Abdulaziz al Nasser, a Qatari anchor at beIN Sports, reproduced by the Qatar “Qatar has asked Cuba to send a number of doctors and nurses to help tackle the virus.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounces accusations of drug trafficking by Cuba and Venezuela, published in Newsweek magazine and attributed to a high-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense. Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex) sent a communiqué to the United States embassy in Havana, denouncing a claim published in Newsweek magazine, in an article dated April 3, 2020, by a “senior official" of the United States Department of Defense, according to which the U.S.