Havana residents were preparing to deal with the coronavirus on Friday, as the first cases were confirmed in the country.
The Cuban government confirmed its first three cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, with a fourth case being reported on Friday. Cubans have been encouraged to make their own face masks by the government, which has also drafted in its textile industry to manufacture the important items.
Footage shows the IPK Hospital where three Italian tourists with COVID-19 are receiving treatment, as well as people wearing face masks on the streets of Havana, and a local woman sewing her own face masks at home.
“Since I know how to sew, I decide to start making these for my family in the case that this virus spreads here as a measure for when we go out on the streets for preventing the contagious,” said local woman Maria Eugenia Palmero, who has begun sewing masks at her home.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Europe as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, several countries have instated travel restrictions for many European countries where the virus has already spread to over 30,000, people bringing the number of infected to 140,875 worldwide.