Florida health authorities reported the first case of coronavirus in Miami-Dade is a travel-related one.
On Wednesday night, Mar 11, Florida health officials reported the first case of coronavirus in Miami-Dade County. The patient, a 56-year-old male Florida resident tested positive after having traveled out of the country. Mayor Carlos Gimenez offered few details about the man whom he said was home and not hospitalized.
State health authorities also reported two other cases along with that of the Miami-Dade man. A 63-year-old man in St. John’s County and another one in Broward County also tested positive for COVID-19.
These three new cases announced on Mar 11 raise the total number of Florida cases to 26, of which 3 are non-Florida residents. The man in St. John’s County is a New York resident who had traveled down to Florida for Daytona Bike Week. The other two are one woman from Georgia and another one from California. 500 people are currently being monitored for symptoms. Two Floridians have already died.
Meanwhile, Cuban authorities also reported the first three cases on the island. Three Italian tourists who had arrived at La Habana on Mar 9 and traveled to the city of Trinidad. The Cuban Ministry of Health reported the three patients were evolving well and that they were out of any risk.
A fourth Italian tourist was tested for COVID-19 but results were negative, while 7 other Cuban nationals who were in close contact with the affected are being currently monitored but have shown no symptoms.
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