By Loshaun Dixon

The Cuban medical team brought in to assist local efforts against COVID-19 are yet to be deployed  since its members are in a 14-day quarantine and aren’t yet needed.

Questioned on the matter by the Observer at The National Emergency Operations Center (NEOC) COVID-19 daily briefing Chief Medical Officer Dr. Hazel Laws said that contingent was not yet needed as the COVID-19 patients had no symptoms or were improving from mild symptoms.

“I want to underscore that of the 11 confirmed COVID 19 cases eight are symptom free and recovering nicely.  Three of the cases have mild symptoms and are improving and so at this time we do not need the expertise of the Cuban nurses and physicians,”  Dr. Laws said.

At a previous briefing Dr. Laws had announced that Cuban medical team was in a 14-day quarantine at a government facility and members were  to remain in quarantine until at least this weekend.

More than 800 Cuban health professionals are working to fight the pandemic abroad, according to Santiago Badia, secretary general of the National Union of Health Workers.

More than 45 countries have requested help from Cuba to deal with Covid-19, according to officials there.

The team is made up of doctors and nursing graduates, mostly members of the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade against Disasters and Serious Epidemics, created by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

The contingent includes 30 nurses and three intensive care specialists from, who are going to help fight this disease.