Cuba sees 1,030 daily COVID-19 cases

Source: Xinhua| 2021-04-07 04:01:21|Editor: huaxia
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People wearing face masks are seen on a street in Havana, Cuba, April 6, 2021. Cuba reported on Tuesday 1,030 new COVID-19 infections in the last day, which confirms a rise in the number of cases on the island, bringing the accumulated total to 81,640, along with four more deaths for a total of 440, the Ministry of Public Health said. (Photo by Joaquin Hernandez/Xinhua)

HAVANA, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Cuba reported on Tuesday 1,030 new COVID-19 infections in the last day, which confirms a rise in the number of cases on the island, bringing the accumulated total to 81,640, along with four more deaths for a total of 440, the Ministry of Public Health said.

Of the new cases, 1,021 were from community transmission, with 437 of them in Havana, which continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic, reported Francisco Duran, national director of hygiene and epidemiology of the ministry.

On Tuesday, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced harsher measures to deal with the high incidence rate of COVID-19 in the country, warning via Twitter that a "low awareness of risk is the greatest danger."

"Alarming start of April, with daily average of more than 1,000 cases, mostly in Havana. In the coming hours there will be more drastic measures regarding closure measures, similar to the first outbreak," the president wrote.

Diaz-Canel also noted that "it will take months for Cuba to be completely immunized," calling for greater citizen responsibility "for the sake of our families and the homeland."

The country is currently in intervention trials and Phase III trials of two vaccine candidates against COVID-19, Soberana-02 and Abdala, while three other vaccine projects are in various stages of research. Enditem

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