Perhaps it might be interesting to hear how distant countries with very different social systems to our own are coping with the Coronavirus. So far, Cuba has 40 confirmed cases and 1 death (an elderly Italian tourist who was among the first three confirmed cases). All of the cases are amongst foreigners who have arrived from Spain, Italy, USA etc. or Cubans who have had contact with them. There is no evidence yet of transmission between people on the island. Over a 1000 people are quarantined in the 'campismo', which is like Cuban Butlins holiday camp. Anyone who has the slightest symptom or contact with a suspected case, must go immediately to their local polyclinic/family doctor. Very different from here. The borders were closed on Sunday and 32,000 tourists already on the island put in quarantine in their hotels until they can fly home. The great majority went yesterday. Cuba has closed schools and the salsa 'bailables' are being shown with the bands playing on TV instead. Although there's no ban yet, Cubans are urged not to go in the street unless essential. Social distancing is difficult for Cubans who are one of the most touchy feely people in the world. There is some feeling that people aren't taking it seriously enough. There have been plenty of videos online of packed fiestas de casa going on as normal. Some say that the Cubans are so used to facing deadly threats that not much shakes them up. As you'd expect, many countries are pleading for Cuban medical workers. Some of the countries have political philosophies very far from that of Cuba. However, Cuba shares what it has, not what it has left over. The Henry Reeve medical brigade, which dealt so effectively with the ebola outbreak in Africa, has answered Italy's plea with 140 healthcare professionals. 100 nurses have made the short journey to Jamaica. Large brigades are also working in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Although Cuba has an excellent health service and a very high rate of doctors and hospital beds, the blow from the loss of all tourism will be huge. I would ask readers to sign the change uk petition started by the 'Cubanos en el UK' group, which asks for the lifting of the USA economic blockade for the duration of this global pandemic. If the USA is unable to be a leader to the world in these times, the least it can do is not cause harm.