European Parliament thanks Cuba’s solidarity in the face of Covid-19


Brussels, April 3 (Prensa Latina) The European Parliament’s Group of Friendship and Solidarity with Cuba thanked on Friday the decision of the Cuban government to send medical brigades to countries of the so-called old continent affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

We deeply appreciate the help in containing the pandemic outbreak, a gesture of solidarity that shows the altruistic spirit of a people that does not give its surplus, but shares what it has, said the group formed on 19 February for the 9th Parliamentary term.

MEPs highlighted the presence of 50 Cuban health professionals in the battered Italian region of Lombardy and around 40 in the principality of Andorra.

They also pointed out that this cooperation in times of the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is part of the characteristic generosity of Cuba, despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States, which has been in place for six decades.

‘Since 1963, Cuba has sent more than 400,000 health professionals to 164 countries and has been present in the most serious health crises. Proof of this was the medical assistance it provided after the devastating earthquakes in Pakistan (2005) and Haiti (2010), as well as during the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2014,’ they said.

The Friendship and Solidarity Group of the European Parliament also recognized the support of Cuban doctors to several Latin American and Caribbean nations.


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Coronavirus: Prince Charles tests positive but ‘remains in good health’

The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House has announced.

Prince Charles, 71, is displaying mild symptoms “but otherwise remains in good health”, a spokesman said, adding that the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has been tested but does not have the virus.

Charles and Camilla are now self-isolating at Balmoral.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen last saw her son, the heir to the throne, on 12 March, but was “in good health”.

The palace added that the Duke of Edinburgh was not present at that meeting, and that the Queen was now “following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare”.

A Clarence House statement read: “In accordance with government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.

“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire, where they met the criteria required for testing.

“It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”


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Spain receives donation from China to fight against coronavirus


17 de marzo de 2020, 16:55Madrid, March 17 (Prensa Latina) A plane from Shanghai landed Tuesday in the northern city of Zaragoza with 500,000 surgical masks, donated by China to help Spain in its fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus. The Spanish Ministry of Health informed in a press release that the donation from China will be distributed in the next few hours in the different autonomous communities (regions) of this European country, the second most affected by the virus in Europe, after Italy.


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