Despite sanctions, Cuba sends doctors to Italy to help Italian doctors combat the coronavirus in Lombardy where scores have died.
One of the 52 doctors told Reuters: “We are all afraid but we have a revolutionary duty to fulfill.” Cuban Airport staff claps on.
Cuban doctors were on the front lines in the fight against cholera in Haiti and against Ebola in West Africa 10 years ago.
Italy is the country that has been worst affected by the highly contagious virus that originated in China, with the northern region of Lombardy bearing the brunt of the contagion.
Its death toll rose on Saturday by 546 to 3,095, according to its head of welfare, Giulio Gallera, who requested the Cuban doctors.
Nearly 800 Italians died from the new coronavirus on Saturday.
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