Dunia Cruz Triana

Dunia Cruz Triana

Cuba reports two deaths from COVID-19 and 59 new positive cases

Cuba reports two deaths from COVID-19 and 59 new positive cases

Help us keep OnCuba alive Cuba reported this Saturday two deaths from COVID-19 and 59 new patients diagnosed with the disease, which brings the death toll to 94, while the total number of positive cases reached 3,925. The two deceased resided in the Arroyo Naranjo municipality, in Havana, according to data offered by Dr. Francisco Durán, director of epidemiology of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) in the morning press conference on the pandemic in Cuba. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1299714693754478594?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1299714693754478594%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fcuba-reporta-dos-muertes-por-la-covid-19-y-59-nuevos-positivos%2F In yesterday’s report, 1,057 patients were hospitalized, of which 556 are positive cases with the virus, 468 remain isolated under suspicion and another 33 are under surveillance. In addition to the deaths, Durán regretted the increase in patients in serious condition, which reached 17, while 5 people have developed severe symptoms that place them in critical condition. The 59 diagnosed cases are Cuban, of which 43 (72.8%) were contacts of confirmed cases, in six (10.1%) the source of infection is not specified, and the rest (10) were infected outside the island, MINSAP’s report specifies. Faced with the resurgence of infections, this Friday the island increased the number of PCR tests to 5,698, the highest number since the COVID-19 epidemic began in Cuba....

China approves patent for COVID-19 vaccine still on the testing phase

China approves patent for COVID-19 vaccine still on the testing phase

Help us keep OnCuba alive The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) approved the first patent for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate - still in the third phase of clinical trials - that could 'be mass-produced in a short time”, showed the local press this Monday. This vaccine, developed by the Military Scientific Institute and the Chinese biopharmaceutical company CanSino Biologics, began to be used in late June in the Chinese Army after a team led by researcher Chen Wei discovered a highly efficient neutralizing monoclonal antibody. The results of the second phase of clinical trials of the vaccine showed that it is safe and induces an immune response against the coronavirus, according to research published at the end of July in The Lancet. According to the SIPO patent, the vaccine has shown a "good immune response in mice and rodents, and it can induce the body to produce a strong cellular and humoral immune response in a short time", reports the Cantonese newspaper Southern Metropolis. The patent claims that this vaccine "can be mass-produced in a short time", and that it is "quick and easy to prepare". Its safety and effectiveness must be confirmed in phase three, which takes...

Thousands of flights canceled in U.S. due to coronavirus

Thousands of flights canceled in U.S. due to coronavirus

Passenger air transportation in the United States is on the verge of collapse. Almost empty flights and coronavirus outbreaks have left some air traffic control towers unmanned. With their hours severely reduced, some airlines are having trouble because passengers don't show up. An executive at a major U.S. airline, who spoke to the press on condition of anonymity, said more than a dozen flights took off this Tuesday morning with fewer than ten passengers on board. In some cases, the crew was more numerous than the passengers. “There are no passengers,” he said. https://youtu.be/dz2_YgAmk08 On Monday, the Federal Transportation Security Administration said 331,000 people had undergone security checks at airports. That represents a drop of 86% compared to the same Monday a year ago, when 2.4 million people traveled. The main U.S. airlines have prepared plans in case they have to suspend national flights due to a lack of personnel such as air traffic controllers and security agents. “We have plans in case that happens,” said the official. “It is an extreme situation.” “We have no plans to voluntarily suspend flights, but we are cautious about government actions...that could force us not to fly,” such as the closure of air...

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Trump’s economic war against Cuba

The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo prohibiting all trade with the communist island in 1962. Speaking in Miami on April 17, on the anniversary of the failed U.S.-organized 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, National Security Adviser John Bolton announced the end of virtually all non-family travel to Cuba and put new limits on the money that Cuban Americans can send their families on the Island. He also said that the United States will now implement a 23-year-old law aimed at blocking both U.S. and foreign investment in Cuba, first approved by Congress in 1996 as part of a broader package of sanctions against the island, but that remained suspended because of immense opposition by the United States’ allies. The new and harsh sanctions roll back "the disastrous policies of the Obama era and finally end with the glamorization of socialism and communism," Bolton said. https://youtu.be/KQz5Z-nGmA4 A law too controversial to be implemented Trump's decision triggered a provision suspended for a long time in 1996 of U.S. sanctions against Cuba, which allows Cuban-Americans to sue in U.S. courts any company that benefits from their property confiscated...

The port of Havana. Photo: Yander Zamora / EFE.

Pandora’s box

The announcement to review in 45 days the suspension of Title III of the well-known Helms-Burton Act (1996), released by the Department of State last January, is another attempt to try to achieve a regime change. After 60 years of Revolution, and against the circumstances and political-economic conditions in Cuba and its system of international relations, this possibility evinces the ignorance of policy makers in Washington. From now on it could venture, without much effort, to file it as another failed action if they were to make the mistake of putting it into practice. https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba-usa/trump-and-cuban-american-property-claims/ In terms of archives, the advisors and formulators of the Trump administration's Cuba policy ̶ among whom Marco Rubio and Mauricio Claver-Carone seem be in charge ̶ could be suggested to review the existing documentation in the drawers of the Department of State to understand at once why administrations so different from each other because of their domestic commitments and perceptions about the Cuban reality ̶ those of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama ̶ never decided to apply it. They could also look in the records of the Departments of Commerce and of State for the complaints made against them at the...

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Trump and Cuban-American property claims

The Trump administration is seriously considering whether to allow Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (Helms-Burton) to go into effect in March, according to National Security Adviser John Bolton.   On January 16, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that he was suspending Title III for just 45 days instead of the usual six months while the administration reviews whether its implementation would promote democracy in Cuba. He warned foreign companies doing business on the island that they had better “reconsider whether they are trafficking in confiscated property and abetting this dictatorship.” Title III allows U.S. nationals to file suit in U.S. courts against anyone “trafficking” in their confiscated property in Cuba—that is, anyone profiting from it. If President Trump allows Title III to go fully into effect, he will open the door to as many as 200,0000 law suits by U.S. nationals, most of them Cuban-Americans, whose property was taken by the Cuban government after 1959. U.S. courts would be swamped, the ability of U.S. companies to do business on the island would be crippled, and allies abroad might retaliate for U.S. suits brought against their companies in Cuba. Once the suits have been filed,...

Miguel Cancio, the last of Los Zafiros

Miguel Cancio, the last of Los Zafiros

In 1997, at the Capri Hotel, in the middle of the Cuban salsa boom, a performance by Los Zafiros was being shot for the movie Locura azul. During a break I had the opportunity to talk with the last survivor of Los Zafiros, Miguel Cancio. I met him at the height of the quartet’s career, at the Musical Company in the Focsa, and I saw him working in Varadero. I asked him to start the story from the beginning: "I was born on 1019 Havana Street, on the corner of San Isidro, in the neighborhood of Belén (San Isidro), on January 11, 1939, the same year Tropicana cabaret opened." How did you get to music? As a child practicing singing, making vocal harmonies came naturally to me, it was not difficult for me. Although some people used to tell me that I was born to be a lawyer or doctor. I came into contact by chance with pianist Facundo Rivero (brother of singer Elsa Rivero), on Márquez González Street, between Neptuno and Concordia. Facundo asked me if I had come to introduce myself, if I had come to the rehearsal; he asked me if I knew how to sing and...

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