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    Cuba starts July with complex health situation due to Covid-19

    Havana, Jul 1 (Prensa Latina) The first day of July came with negative news about the Covid-19 pandemic in Cuba, where 2,952 new Covid-19 cases and 18 deaths were reported in the last few hours.

    With 16,557 active cases, 15,771 under surveillance, 11,082 suspected cases and 43,410 hospitalized patients, Cuba shows a complex scenario regarding the disease, Dr. Francisco Duran, national director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), informed at his daily press briefing on Thursday.

    The expert emphasized that the peak of cases are the result of the high number of autochthonous contagions in nearly the entire country, since only the Isla de la Juventud special municipality has not reported cases in the last 15 days.

    Thus, 2,094 patients are autochthonous cases and 48 were imported.

    For over a fortnight, contagions within the country have represented more than 1,000 people a day and, in the last week, that figure has exceeded 2,300 every 24 hours, Dr. Duran explained.

    The epidemiologist reiterated the need for increased care of children and adolescents, since 487 children under 20 years of age were diagnosed on Wednesday, including 438 in pediatric age...

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    Cuba sets new record for daily COVID-19 cases
    Source: Xinhua| 2021-07-04 04:16:55|Editor: huaxia

    HAVANA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Cuba once again set a record for the number of daily cases of COVID-19, with 3,475 infections and 15 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Saturday.

    The ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology, Francisco Duran, said in his daily television report that the number of cases had reached 200,728 and the number of deaths had risen to 1,337.

    The western province of Matanzas has become the new epicenter of the disease on the island, with an incidence rate of 922.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants...


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      Cuba tightens COVID-19 measures amid record spike in cases
      Adriana Brasileiro, Miami Herald 20 hrs ago

      Cuba has tightened lockdown measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as infection rates and deaths have reached consecutive record highs in the past week, while a vaccination campaign with homegrown shots struggles to gain traction and the highly contagious delta variant starts to spread in the island.

      Public health officials have imposed new measures to limit gatherings and mobility in high-transmission areas such as Cienfuegos, a commercial port town in the sugar-producing province of the same name. All beaches, rivers, lakes and recreational areas have been closed and the work day must end at 2 p.m., according to the provincial government.

      In Matanzas, the epicenter of the recent COVID-19 spike and home to Varadero, one of Cuba’s most famous beach destinations, restrictions have also been tightened, with a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and the prohibition of travel to other provinces. With the local health system stretched to the limit, the central government is sending supplies such as hospital beds and dispatching more medical personnel, Cuban leader Miguel Díaz-Canel said...


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        Cuba, gripped by unrest, battles highest COVID caseload in the Americas
        Author of the article:
        Sarah Marsh
        Publishing date:
        Jul 19, 2021 • 1 hour ago • 4 minute read •

        HAVANA — Cuba, which kept coronavirus infections low last year, now has the highest rate of contagion per capita in Latin America. That has strained its healthcare sector and helped stoke rare protests that have roiled the Communist-run island.

        The Caribbean nation of 11 million people reported nearly 4,000 confirmed cases per million residents over the last week, nine times more than the world average and more than any other country in the Americas for its size.

        The outbreak, fueled by the arrival of the more contagious Delta variant first identified in India, has pushed hospitals at the virus epicenter in the province of Matanzas to the brink. State media has shown rare images of patients in beds in corridors and doctors complaining of a lack of oxygen, ventilators and medicines.

        Cuba’s handling of the pandemic was one of the issues that propelled thousands to take to the streets nationwide last Sunday in unprecedented anti-government demonstrations in a country where public spaces are tightly controlled. Demonstrators also protested shortages of food and medicines

        Cuba is not alone in struggling under new waves of the pandemic. But the political implications of such a crisis are greater in a country where healthcare is considered one of the pillars of legitimacy of its “revolutionary” one-party system.

        Moreover the outbreak and subsequent lockdown and reduction in numbers of flights has taxed an already bankrupt economy where many work in tourism and others rely on travelers to bring in remittances and goods including medicine.

        “The government has consistently made the case that one of the main accomplishments of the revolution is its world-class medical sector,” said Cuban American historian Daniel Rodriguez, author of a book on medical politics in post-independence Havana.

        Rodriguez said the exacerbation of food and medicine shortages over the past year due to the pandemic-related economic crisis had already broken Cuba’s social pact.

        “When the pandemic began spiraling out of control a couple of weeks ago, it appeared increasingly the revolutionary government was no longer able to protect Cuban lives, and the result was an extraordinary repudiation of the revolution itself.”...


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          Cuba registers new record with over 7,000 new daily COVID-19 cases
          Xinhua, July 23, 2021

          HAVANA, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Cuba registered a new record of daily COVID-19 infections with 7,745 cases, to total 308,599, the Ministry of Public Health said on Thursday, adding that there were also 65 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 2,137.

          The ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran stressed the importance of redoubling efforts to contain the pandemic, noting that among the main morbidities associated with deaths from the virus are hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and kidney disease.

          Of the total number of infections recorded in the last day, 37 were imported cases.

          The province of Matanzas, the current epicenter of the pandemic on the island, accounted for 1,779 cases, followed by Havana (1,222), Ciego de Avila (976) and Cienfuegos (840)...