Cuba exceeds 1,000 covid-19 infections in one day for the first time

A man wearing a mask carries bags of vegetables for sale in Havana, January 21, 2021

A man wearing a mask carries bags of vegetables for sale in Havana, January 21, 2021

Cuba for the first time exceeded 1,000 infected by covid-19, although it continues to maintain a low death rate with a total of 214 deaths from this disease since March last year, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Sunday.

Francisco Durán, head of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health of Cuba, reported in his usual report that in the last 24 hours a person died and 1,012 positive cases were registered, with which there are 26,686 confirmed infections since March of last year.

The figure of more than a thousand cases, in December “seemed very distant to us. It came, what some call it, the exhaustion of the pandemic,” said Durán, adding that also the end of the year holidays and the increase in travelers in those dates triggered transmissions of the virus.

In order to contain the spread of covid-19, the Cuban authorities implemented since January 14 about 50 prevention measures in Havana and other provinces, which include the closure of schools, restaurants, bars and beaches to the public as well as the suspension of public transport at night.

This weekend it was announced that all people entering the country as of February 6 will have to confine themselves after undergoing a PCR test at the airport.

Tourists and non-resident Cubans will have to be confined in hotels assigned by the authorities and paid for by the visitors themselves, while Cuban residents will remain isolated in centers designated for this purpose free of charge.

In all cases, travelers will undergo a second PCR test on the fifth day and if they test negative, they can leave the isolation. In Cuba, of 11.2 million inhabitants, all people who test positive for covid-19 are hospitalized.

The island, which reopened its borders in November after eight months of closure, will restrict flights from the United States, Mexico, Panama, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas as of February 6.

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