Cuba will announce more drastic measures to stop the pandemic
Since January 30, Cuba has been working hard to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. All international travelers must be quarantined upon arrival in Cuba. Schools, bars, restaurants and beaches are closed.
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel described that the average daily number of registered cases in the first days of April is "alarming" and announced on his Twitter account that they will more drastic measures are announced, such as those implemented in the first two waves of infections recorded last year.
The third wave on which currently crosses Cuba began in mid-December
The third wave on which currently crosses Cuba began in mid-December, after the reopening of airports at the end of the year. 10 of the 15 Cuban provinces are affected by the new wave of COVID-19 infections, with Havana as its epicenter.
On Tuesday, April 6, Havana reported 437 new cases of COVID-19, while raising the incidence in the last 15 days to 343.1 cases per 100 inhabitants. Restrictive measures are applied, but the desired results do not appear to be obtained.
The shortages caused by the economic crisis are forcing people to take to the streets and stand in endless queues to buy food and commodities, which makes it difficult to fight the new coronavirus.
Cuba is developing its own vaccines
Cuba is developing its own vaccines against the new coronavirus. Of these, 2 - Sovereign 2 and Abdala - are in the 3rd and final stage of clinical trials. None of these vaccines is yet authorized for emergency use or registration, which the authorities hope to achieve in June.
The Cuban government has not purchased vaccines on the international market and is not part of the Covax mechanism created under the auspices of the World Health Organization. In conclusion, Cuba still has to fight the new coronavirus and it will take months until the population is completely immunized. Until then, the country's president urges the population to comply with existing measures, as well as distancing, hygiene and wearing a mask.