Faced with a second wave of coronavirus cases, Cuba introduced on Monday a record daily number of new infections.
The 93 new cases beat the earlier record from May 1 of 74, main authorities to reimplement lockdown measures that had been regularly relaxed.
The well being ministry mentioned most of the cases are within the capital Havana and the neighboring province of Artemisa.
“Total closure of Havana’s beaches; closure of bars and swimming pools. Closure of recreation parks and areas of concentration for self-employed (informal) workers. Restaurants and cafes will only offer takeaway,” mentioned the official newspaper Granma.
Cuba has recorded greater than 3,000 cases and 88 deaths amongst its inhabitants of 11.2 million, nationwide head of epidemiology Francisco Duran mentioned.
Cases have additionally been elevated by Cubans arriving residence on repatriation flights, together with one lately from Venezuela.
With low dying (2.9 %) and an infection (3.1 per 100,000 inhabitants) charges, Cuba has been far much less affected than many different international locations in Latin America.
However, authorities are involved as a result of the nation has started gradual reopening following lockdown measures and had reported zero new daily cases on July 20.
Authorities in Havana, a metropolis of 2.2 million, have suspended public transport and ordered social distancing.
Gradual reopening continues in most of the nation the place there aren’t any new cases.
“Health comes first. Despite the financial impacts generated by this return (to lockdown measures) we’ve not delayed its software,” mentioned Duran.
The nation’s borders stay closed to commercial flights, dealing a troublesome blow for to the struggling economic system, which depends closely on overseas tourism.
© 2020 AFP
Cuba reports record daily number of coronavirus cases (2020, August 10)
retrieved 10 August 2020
This doc is topic to copyright. Apart from any honest dealing for the aim of non-public research or analysis, no
half could also be reproduced with out the written permission. The content material is supplied for info functions solely.