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Blockade against Cuba hinders efforts against Covid-19, Cuba says

Geneva, July 8, 2020.-  Cuba on Tuesday denounced at the Human Rights Council the restrictions to the fight against Covid-19 due to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, a hostile policy that has been tightened over the last few months.

When speaking at an interactive dialogue on the right to health care, diplomat Lisandra Astiasaran noted that despite the consequences of Washington's blockade, Cuba has shown major results in the protection of its citizens against the pandemic, which has killed half a million people throughout the world.

The counselor of the Cuban Permanent Mission at the United Nations Office in this capital pointed out that Cuba reports low mortality rates and seriously ill cases due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and no deaths have been reported among medical professionals, children, pregnant women and inmates.

According to Astiasaran, the rapid implementation of a national program supervised by President Miguel Diaz-Canel and the creation of the conditions necessary to fight Covid-19 nationwide explain those achievements.

The diplomat added at the forum, held in the framework of the 44th ordinary session of the UN Human Rights Council, that Cuba has also contributed to fighting the pandemic in other countries.

More than 3,000 Cuban health professional are working in 37 brigades in some 30 countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, said Astiasaran, who noted that Cuban doctors are present in some 60 countries.

At the interactive dialogue with the UN special rapporteur for Physical and Mental Health, Dainius Puras, the counselor repeated Cuba's willingness to share its experiences and knowledge with the States that need it.

 (Cubavsbloqueo-Prensa Latina)