Castro's sister Juanita , a Miami resident, said rumors about Fidel's health are false. They're "not true. These are pure rumors. It's all absurd," she said.
On Saturday, former Venezuelan vice president, Elias Jaua, met with Fidel at Havana's Hotel National. Photos he took showed him smiling and in good health. Jaua said he was lucid and looked fine.
Hotel general manager, Antonio Martinez Rodrigue, also met with him. He told reporters, "Yes he was here (Saturday), the same old Fidel with his beard and pink cheeks. He was fine."
Cuban television reported the meeting. The announcer said, "The national press will publish (Monday) an article of Fidel's, along with pictures of his meeting with the former Venezuelan vice president."
On October 19, Public Health Minister Roberto Morales read Fidel's congratulatory message to graduating medical students. More on what he said below.
The Havana Times headlined "Fidel Resurrects Himself Again," saying:
Comments about Fidel's health began "circulating on the Internet for several days".Dissidents and (Castro haters) were already celebrating the death of someone who has more lives than 10 cats added together."
"(H)e's still here alive and kicking. Fidel has been killed (100s of failed times) by the anti-Cuban mafia".Once again Fidel has died, this time in Twitter messages (and) word of mouth".(He like everyone) will die when his time comes."