London, Mar 18 (Prensa Latina) UK daily The Independent described this Wednesday as a ‘true sign of global solidarity’ Cuba’s gesture to receive a cruiser from the UK with several Covid-19 cases on board.
According to the journal, the Cuban government acted altruistically at the UK’s counterpart request after several countries, including the US refused to allow the entry of the vessel, which transports over a thousand people.
Noting that the decision was made despite the fact that the MS Braemar’s arrival could even rise the number of Covid-19 cases on Cuba, where so far there are only seven positive tested patients, The Independent stressed that this is not the first time that this country supports the world in an emergency.
In this regard, the daily recalled Cuban physicians were praised for fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014; furthermore, Cuba ‘ashamed’ other countries with their steadfast response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
The UK article also highlights that since the triumph of the 1959 Revolution, Cuban health professionals have traveled the world to aid in cases of crisis and humanitarian situations, despite the US economic pressures.
Even such Cuban health program is being threatened by the Trump administration, notes The Independent, which considers that the pandemic of the new coronavirus should serve to unite the world in the fight against the disease.
In this sense, the newspaper compares the attitude adopted by Cuba with the attempts of the US private health system to economically benefit from the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, and its inability to offer the population the necessary tests to detect the virus.
Rather than fighting to close borders and fuel xenophobia by referring to the coronavirus as the ‘Chinese virus,’ US President Trump should take this opportunity to prove that he is truly capable of leading, the daily underscored.
On Tuesday, UK Foreign Minister Dominic Raab thanked the British Parliament for Cuba’s gesture to allow the docking of the cruise and to help in the repatriation of tourists and crew on board.
As reported here, MS Braemar’s passengers will depart tonight from Havana to London in four planes chartered by the UK government, although Cuba offered to provide medical care to those patients who are unable to travel.