FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to buy food amidst concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba, July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini
Cuba, which has been hailed as a rare success story in Latin America for its book handling and containment of its coronavirus outbreak, had reduced lockdown limitations last month after cases decreased to however a handful each day.
They have risen back to April levels over the past 2 weeks, with the health ministry reporting 59 cases on Saturday and stating the circumstance could become “unmanageable” if authorities did not act quick.
” We are seeing a brand-new epidemiological break out that puts our entire population at risk,” Cuban Health Minister José Angel Portal stated throughout a daily coronavirus briefing on Saturday.
Cubas complimentary community-based health system has actually been credited, in addition to measures such as rigorous isolation of the ill and their contacts, with allowing it to keep the number of cases under 2,900 with 88 deaths for a population of 11 million.
Authorities though have actually scolded Cubans for letting their guard down after lockdown was alleviated, stopping working to physically distance or effectively wear their face masks, which are obligatory in public areas, and event in huge groups.
Among the most recent major events of local transmission was traced back to a religious gathering.
Many of the brand-new cases – 41 of the 59 reported on Saturday – are also imported, typically from Venezuela. There is no open travel in Cuba due to the pandemic, so most returnees would likely be from the 20,000 health workers stationed in Cubas leftist ally.
Anyone getting in the nation is needed to quarantine in a state facility for 14 days so contagion from those cases is included.
While Cubas outbreak is focused on Havana, Portal stated authorities would need to keep an eye on the remainder of the nation carefully provided the big quantity of asymptomatic providers and across the country travel that had actually occurred over the previous month.
Reporting by Sarah Marsh, Editing by Franklin Paul
HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba placed Havana back on a rigorous lockdown on Saturday following a rebound in coronavirus cases, ordering pools, bars and restaurants again to close, suspending mass transit and banning access to the beach.
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