The Cuban authorities extended for another fifteen days the strong restrictive measures decreed to contain the outbreaks of coronavirus in Havana, which were initially going to be in force from September 1 to 15 and will now remain until the 30th of this month.
The governor of Havana, Reinaldo García Zapata, said in a television appearance that the decision was made because “It has not been possible to contain the spread of the epidemic in the city”, where there is a worrying spread of infections, with cases in the 15 municipalities of the city.
Havana, considered the Cuban epicenter of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic last March, had to cancel its reopening earlier this month due to several outbreaks spread to other regions of the country, which already accumulates 4,593 confirmed patients and 106 deceased.
The measures in force since last day 1 in the capital are the most severe that have been applied since the beginning of the pandemic, and include a night curfew between 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., the paralysis of public transport, the increase in remote work and maximum restrictions on entry and leaving the city, which has been cut off from the rest of the country.
Classes are also suspended at all levels of education, high fines for noncompliant with sanitary hygiene measures and legal proceedings against crimes of illicit economic activity, hoarding and speculation, in the midst of a serious shortage crisis.
Governor García Zapata announced that in order to reverse the health crisis in the new term some restrictions will be intensified.
In addition, he indicated that measures related to bank offices and exchange houses will be adopted, where concentrations of people have multiplied in recent days due to the insistent rumors about an imminent reunification of the two currencies circulating in the country.
These lines, which often turn into crowds, are added to those that have been produced for months in front of state stores that sell food and basic products, increasingly scarce except in new stores that sell these goods in foreign currency, where they also long lines begin to appear.
Tendency to control
When evaluating the situation of COVID in Havana in the last 11 days, the director of Health of the province, Carlos Alberto Martínez, pointed out that it continues to be “complex” and with “high epidemiological risk” because the disease affects its 15 municipalities and maintains a high transmission and an increase in the number of positives.
Martínez explained that 16 measures have been applied that reflect a trend to control the pandemic and gave as an example that nine municipalities in the capital have managed to reduce the risk of transmission.
Currently, 10 local broadcast events and 157 active spots are reported in Havana.
In addition, 647 patients are admitted to hospitals: 359 confirmed cases and 123 suspected.