Coronavirus, doctors and nurses from the Henry Reeves – La Stampa contingent return to Cuba


The team of 36 doctors, 15 nurses and a Cuban logistic coordinator who arrived in Lombardy on 22 March to collaborate with the Italian authorities in the fight against the coronavirus, returned to Cuba yesterday evening, welcomed by the president of the republic Miguel Díaz-Canel. This was reported by state television which followed the arrival live in Havana’s José Martí airport.

The official Cuban newspaper Granma has published at the opening of its news portal the photo of the group that with a flag of Cuba, carried together with an Italian one, gets off the plane of the Blu Panorama company that brought it back to its homeland. A large sign was placed in the lobby of the airport with the words ‘Thank you!’, While each member of the medical expedition received a flower.

In his greeting, Díaz-Canel welcomed the work done in Crema and the cooperation with Italy, one of the nations most affected in the world by the coronavirus pandemic. The head of state then added that in his view Cuban cooperating doctors “deserve the Nobel Peace Prize”. Cuban media wrote that the group provided over 5,000 medical care and 3,668 nursing care, directly intervening in 210 healings. Since the coronavirus first appeared, Cuba has sent 34 medical brigades to 27 countries that have requested their intervention.

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