OnCuba Staff

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The 56 infections correspond to: Havana, Artemisa, Villa Clara, Pinar del Rio and Santiago de Cuba. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EFE.

Coronavirus in Cuba: Minsap rectifies the death toll and reports 56 new infections today

Help us keep OnCuba alive COVID-19 left 56 new infections in Cuba in the last 24 hours, according to daily information from the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap). But, before starting his daily update, Dr. Francisco Durán referred to the person who died yesterday, because after a necropsy it was revealed that the cause of death was not the new coronavirus. "We apologize to his family and friends", said the national director of Epidemiology of the Minsap. As for today's cases: all of them are Cuban, 52 were related to confirmed cases, in two of them the source of infection is not specified, and other two acquired the SARS-CoV-2 virus abroad. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1294283404356263937?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1294283404356263937%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fcoronavirus-en-cuba-minsap-rectifica-la-cifra-de-fallecidos-y-reporta-56-nuevos-contagios-hoy%2F 29 men, 27 women, 40 were asymptomatic at the time of their diagnosis. By age ranges, they are distributed as follows: 24 were between 40 and 59 years old; 21, from 20 to 39; 8 had not reached 20 years old yet, and three were over 60. The geographical location is as follows: Havana (33, in the municipalities of La Lisa, Habana del Este, San Miguel del Padrón, Boyeros, 10 de Octubre, Playa, Regla, Plaza de la Revolución, Cerro and Marianao), Artemisa (19: Artemisa, Mariel, Bahía Honda ,...

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Havana “is closed” except for tourists’ reservations and other exceptions

Help us keep OnCuba alive The government of Havana, the epicenter of the current rebound in COVID-19 in Cuba, established greater restrictions than those existing until now for transportation entrances and exits of the city, expecting to curb the transmission of the disease and to prevent it from spreading to other Cuban provinces. However, he left a margin for tourists’ reservations and other exceptions, for as long as people can provide the required authorization and show evidence that they are not infected. “We have to understand that the city is closed. The fewest possible trips should be made”, said the governor of Havana, Reinaldo García, during the television program Mesa Redonda, on Tuesday. After registering a new outbreak of coronavirus infections, Havana was returned by the country's authorities to the phase of "limited autochthonous transmission". Consequently, urban transport was suspended and people's mobility was limited, as part of a plan to contain the disease. The Cuban government also restricted transportation between the western provinces of the Island, among which Artemisa is also experiencing a complex epidemiological situation. Prevention and control measures have been reinforced throughout the island, particularly in the territories with newly reported cases. https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba/what-went-wrong-in-havana-the-weight-of-the-capital-and-cubas-new-normal/ According to the coordinator...

The 46 COVID-19 cases in Cuba today were detected or correspond to Havana, Artemisa, Pinar del Rio, Villa Clara and Mayabeque. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa/ EFE

One deceased and 46 new infections – COVID-19 balance today in Cuba

Help us keep OnCuba alive One person died from COVID-19 in Cuba on the last day, according to the health authorities report today in their daily appearance. Other updates: 46 new infections, 558 active cases, 21 medical discharges, 4591 tested. The most recent victim of the Sars-CoV-2 virus is an 82-year-old from Havana who lived in Centro Habana. With him, the number of deaths from the disease rises to 89 on the Island. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1293909045728800774?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1293909045728800774%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fun-fallecido-y-46-nuevos-contagios-es-el-saldo-de-la-covid-19-hoy-en-cuba%2F 45 of the diagnosed cases are Cubans; one is a foreigner, a Colombian resident in Plaza de la Revolución; 41 were contacts of confirmed cases. The source of infection in the three imported cases is located in Venezuela. Of the 46 confirmed cases, 22 are men and 24 are women. 25 were asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis. By region, the cases location is as follows: Havana (35, distributed in the municipalities of Habana del Este, La Lisa, Centro Habana, Cotorro, Boyeros, Plaza de la Revolución, Playa, Guanabacoa, Cerro, San Miguel del Padrón and Regla), Artemisa (5: Mariel, San Antonio de los Baños and Bahía Honda), Pinar del Río (3: Consolación del Sur, La Palma and Minas de Matahambres), Villa Clara (2: Camajuaní) and Mayabeque (1:...

People with masks in Havana, during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / EFE.

Cuba’s number of recovered cases from COVID-19 surpasses 2,500 after five months of the epidemic

Help us keep OnCuba alive Cuba exceeded 2,500 patients recovered from COVID-19 after five months of detecting the first cases of the disease on the island. In total, there are 2,504 medical discharges given in the country to people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, since three Italian tourists were reported as positive on March 11 while vacationing in the Cuban town of Trinidad. The figure represents 80.1% of the 3,128 confirmed cases with the disease until this Tuesday, according to Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of Epidemiology in the Cuban Ministry of Public Health (Minsap), quoted by Prensa Latina. Among those recovered are 301 minors, a group in which 341 infected have been reported so far, according to Dr. Durán this Wednesday at the daily press conference on the situation of COVID-19 in Cuba. In the last 24 hours, 32 people infected with the coronavirus were discharged from hospital, while 534 active patients with the disease remain hospitalized, of which 528 are in a stable clinical condition, two in critical condition and four serious, according to the part of the Minsap. https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba/cuba-reports-35-new-cases-of-coronavirus-and-32-discharges/ After several months of few cases on the island, Cuba is experiencing a re-outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic,...

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Cuba reports 35 new cases of coronavirus and 32 discharges

Help us keep OnCuba alive The Cuban Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) reported 35 new cases of coronavirus, a number lower than the one from recent days, and 32 discharges by the end of this Tuesday. This way, the number of infected people on the island amounted to 3,218, and those recovered reached 2,504. There were no deaths reported from COVID-19 cases, which means the fatalities of this disease on the island continue to be 88, according to the Ministry of Health. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1293540057299718144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1293540057299718144%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fcuba-reporta-35-nuevos-casos-de-coronavirus-y-32-altas%2F The worrying note is that two provinces without positive cases in recent weeks, Holguín and Matanzas, each registered one patient, in both cases with unknown sources of infection. The remaining cases were detected in Havana (29), Artemisa (2), and Villa Clara (2); the three most affected territories by COVID-19 on the Island nowadays. The 35 new positive cases were Cubans, 19 of them asymptomatic, 18 men and 17 women. In nine of the cases, the source of the contagion hasn’t been determined, while the remaining 26 are contacts of already confirmed cases. Those under 40 led the way, with 22 sick patients, six of them under 20. On the other hand, only five seniors were confirmed. After...

Screenshot of the site of the Cuban Carlos III online store in the electronic commerce platform TuEnvío, of the Cuban state corporation Cimex.

Online stores in Cuba: a single purchase per day

Help us keep OnCuba alive The Cuban state corporation Cimex announced a new mechanism for the regulation of purchases in its online stores, grouped in the TuEnvío platform, according to which each customer can only make one daily purchase, regardless of the beneficiary and the online store in which they make said purchase. Since last June, after a closure to “adapt its operation,” the Cimex online stores and also those of the Caribe chain, started marketing only food, cleaning products modules, or a combination of both―at prices ranging between 10 and 30 CUC (Cuban convertible pesos)―, and established a limit of one daily purchase per store. However, now Cimex clarifies that the regulation “is associated with the means of payment and not with the users,” according to a note published on the official Cubadebate site. This means that the same person can only make the purchase of one module per day through the bank account registered for the payment, even if they have more than one user registered on the platform or that purchase is made with another person as beneficiary, even if they live in another province. Nor will it be possible to buy in more than one store,...

29 persons were asymptomatic at the time of their diagnosis. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa/EFE

More than 4,000 tests produce 47 new cases of coronavirus in Cuba

Help us keep OnCuba alive With already five months dealing with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Cuba, the health authorities continue on alert, despite the report today of 47 new cases in the last 24 hours, detected in Havana, Artemisa and Villa Clara. The number dropped compared to yesterday's report, but active cases exceed 500 people. 46 of yesterday’s positive cases are Cuban and one is a foreigner, a 35-year-old Nicaraguan, resident in the Centro Habana municipality. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1293170832789962753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1293170832789962753%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fmas-de-cuatro-mil-pruebas-arrojan-47-nuevos-casos-de-coronavirus-en-cuba%2F 32 were related to confirmed cases, in 15 the source of infection was not specified and 29 were asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis. By age group, the new cases behaved as follows: 22 between 41 and 60 years; 19 between 20 and 49; three under 20 and 3 are over 60. 11,345 people are under primary healthcare surveillance, while the number of hospitalizations increased to 1,049. With yesterday’s 4,054 tests, Cuba has processed a total of 305,652 samples since March; of these, 3,093 have been positive.

The origin of the disease is autochthonous in 83 people, while in 10 the SARS-CoV-2 virus was acquired abroad. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

With 93 new cases, Cuba is experiencing its worst day due to COVID-19 contagions

Help us keep OnCuba alive The worst day to date, taking into account the number of new contagions by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, was experienced by Cuba yesterday when it registered 93 new cases, the health authorities reported today. Active cases as of midnight on August 9 numbered 496. Now there are 3,046 infected, 2,460 recovered and 88 deceased as a result of the new coronavirus since, already a pandemic, it started hitting the island last March. All the cases are Cuban, 61 were contacts of confirmed cases, 10 had the source of infection abroad and in 22 the source of infection is not specified. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1292835218991259648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1292835218991259648%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fcon-93-nuevos-casos-cuba-vive-su-peor-dia-por-contagios-de-covid-19%2F The origin of the disease is autochthonous in 83 people, while in 10 the SARS-CoV-2 virus was acquired abroad. By age group, they are as follows: 43 between 20 and 39 years old; 24 between 40 and 59; 16 with 60 and more than 60 and 10 under 20 years. Geographical distribution of the new positive cases: Havana (76 cases): Habana del Este (21), La Lisa (10), Marianao (8), Playa (8), 10 de Octubre (7), Plaza de la Revolución (6), Arroyo Naranjo (5), Boyeros (3), Centro Habana (2), Guanabacoa (2), Cerro (2), Cotorro (1) and...

Sunwing Airlines will be one of the airlines that will operate trips between Cuba and Canada. Photo: espac.com.cu

Canadian airlines intend to restart flights to Cuba as of September

Help us keep OnCuba alive A group of Canadian airlines plan to resume regular commercial flights to Cuba as of September and also during October if sanitary conditions allow. Air Canada is the company that would start with flights between the two countries on September 4, while Sunwing Airlines announced that it will offer a limited schedule during the next month, with flights from Toronto and Montreal to the tourist destinations of Varadero and Cayo Coco. In the same way, the Air Transat company would host flights from those cities as of October 2. The required documents and entry requirements for Cuba do not vary. Visitors will not have to undergo a prior test before departure, nor will they have to undergo a quarantine upon arrival on the island, the press release specifies. https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba/steps-and-keys-for-reopening-cuban-tourism/ All arriving visitors will have their body temperature taken and a free COVID-19 test performed, the results of which will be available the next day. Those who arrive at Cuban airports must use masks at all times until their arrival at the hotel facilities, where all the health, safety and physical distancing protocols are prepared. A detailed care procedure is also planned in the event of...

Buses have rules for transporting passengers. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

Mobility in Havana and to nearby provinces restricted to stop increase in COVID-19

Mobility within and from Havana to other nearby provinces will be restricted, as part of a plan of measures approved by the Cuban capital’s authorities to curb the increase in COVID-19 cases the city has experienced in recent days. The plan, which was confirmed this Thursday by the island’s government, includes sanitary, social and transportation regulations, and will start being applied next Saturday, except for the measures related to transportation, which will take effect next Monday, as reported by Tribuna de La Habana. Among the measures announced at the daily meeting of the Provincial Defense Council (CDP) are the limitation of urban transportation and the mobility of people in the capital until 11:00 pm, the restriction of transportation―including the state-run―between Havana and the provinces of Matanzas, Artemisa and Mayabeque, and the establishment of border control points with the presence of health personnel, inspectors and police officers. Similarly, Tribuna points out that passenger boarding points on highways and roads will be paralyzed and vehicles are forbidden from having more than eight seats without authorization, the maximum of 40 people standing in articulated buses and 20 in rigid buses will be restored, hygienic measures will be reinforced in the means of transportation,...

The number of hospitalizations amounted to 685 people, while 11,351 are under primary healthcare surveillance. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

COVID-19 infection curve continues on the rise in Cuba: 54 new cases reported today

Help us keep OnCuba alive After having registered a new peak of contagions on Wednesday, the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to keep in check the Cuban health authorities, which today reported 54 new positive cases, five more than yesterday, detected in Havana (43 cases) , Villa Clara (6), Artemisa (4) and Matanzas (1). The number of hospitalizations amounted to 685 people, while 11,351 are under primary healthcare surveillance. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1291735204277686273?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1291735204277686273%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fsigue-subiendo-la-curva-de-contagios-por-covid-19-en-cuba-54-nuevos-casos-reportados-hoy%2F Of the contagions, 52 are Cuban and two are foreigners; 47 had contact with confirmed cases, four had the source of infection abroad and in one the source of infection is not specified; 40 people were asymptomatic at the time of their diagnosis. The regions where contagions with a source of infection took place abroad, not specified in two of the cases in today’s report, are Havana and Matanzas. The foreigners mentioned are two Mexicans residing in the Plaza de la Revolución municipality. By age groups, the most affected are as follows: 28 cases are between 20 and 39 years old; 15, between 40 and 59; under 20, six and over 60, five. With almost 4,000 tests today, Cuba has processed a total of 289,412 of which 2,829 have been positive. The...

Currently, the majority of Cubans work in the state sector, where the average salary barely reaches 45 dollars a month. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

Cuba to cancel list of allowed private sector activities

Help us keep OnCuba alive Cuba will eliminate the list of 123 activities allowed in the private sector, a measure widely demanded by economists and with which new business opportunities are opened for entrepreneurs at a time of strong economic crisis. Cuban Minister of Labor and Social Security Marta Elena Feito announced this Thursday on state television, although without specifying a date, that the “pre-established and limited scope” list of activities will be removed to allow individuals to start “much broader profile” businesses. https://twitter.com/MTSS_CUBA/status/1291523261403140098?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1291523261403140098%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fcuba-anulara-lista-de-actividades-permitidas-al-sector-privado%2F Although the Cuban state maintains a monopoly on the national economy, in the last decade the number of private activities that can be carried out has expanded. In the current list―in force since 2018―the number of activities allowed is 123, most of them related to catering, transportation and home rental. By eliminating this list, the “self-employed” (as workers in the private sector in Cuba are known) will be able to carry out other economic activities “where the scope is determined based on the work project presented by the interested party,” as announced by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS), without giving further details. Cuban economists and the private sector itself had spent years demanding...

Lines to buy food in Havana. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez

Cuban government cracks down on “people who sell places on lines, hoard and resell”

Help us keep OnCuba alive Cuba will assign 22,281 people to do battle against the speculation related to a chain that involves people who sell places on lines, hoard and resell products sold in stores and pharmacies throughout the island, the state media reported. As part of a national plan to deal with illegalities, crimes and acts of corruption, “2,979 commercial establishments were identified” in which such violations are concentrated, Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero said this Tuesday on the Mesa Redonda television program. https://twitter.com/radio_mayari/status/1289682222375567361?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1289682222375567361%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fgobierno-cubano-lanza-operacion-contra-coleros-acaparadores-y-revendedores%2F According to Marrero, “illegalities come in different forms, one of them is what is happening in the lines, which existed even before COVID-19 and are a consequence of the current context, but what cannot happen is that they become an element of risk or scenario of illicit economic activities.” He explained that the people who sell places on lines are related to hoarders who “hire people, get in touch with workers from the establishments, rent spaces to create hidden warehouses, and then sell on social networks with total impunity and at excessive prices.” Long lines have been common in Cuba during the health crisis caused by COVID-19, which came when the island was in the...

People await the departure of their flights before the partial closure of the Cuban borders to prevent the spread of COVID-19, at José Martí International Airport in Havana, on March 23, 2020. Photo: Yander Zamora/EFE.

Cuban borders to continue closed until further notice

Help us keep OnCuba alive A note published on the website of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) recalls that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuba’s borders remain closed. Humanitarian flights are excepted from this measure, as well as Cuban citizens residing in the national territory who were stranded in other countries at the time of the epidemic’s outbreak after being authorized. For such procedures, “authorization must be requested at Cuban consulates” and “travelers must obtain their reservation on humanitarian flights that take place and that generally originate in Europe in Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, Paris or Amsterdam,” MINREX explained. The information issued this Tuesday warns that the authorization for other Cuban citizens, who it considers “non-habitual residents,” or for foreigners is carried out in an exceptional manner and its authorization is the responsibility of the authorities in Cuba who analyze the reasons for the request. Whatever the cause, travelers authorized to enter Cuban national territory must spend 14 days in quarantine in isolation centers in Havana before going to their destination province. https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba/cuban-airports-get-certification-for-arrival-of-international-travelers/ In the case of tourist trips to hotels in the keys, these are handled by tour operators who make the reservations. The requirement of the visa/tourist...

Carlos Lazo (center) arrived in the United States in 1991. Photo: Courtesy of the Carlos Lazo.

Carlos Lazo and his wards reach their goal

Help us keep OnCuba alive A group of Cubans residing in the United States led by teacher Carlos Lazo arrived in Washington on Wednesday, the goal of a trip of more than 5,000 kilometers by bicycle to ask the U.S. government to end the blockade on Cuba, Cubadebate reported. Carlos Lazo intends to “speak with the President of the United States or with whoever listens to us,” as in an initiative, to build “bridges of love” between the island and the United States. Check Facebook post The teacher, who arrived in the United States on a raft in 1991, addressed a letter to President Donald Trump calling for the lifting of economic sanctions against Cuba, aggravated by the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the source. The group of bikers left from Seattle more than 20 days ago to cover the coast-to-coast route of the United States. Before leaving, Lazo announced on his social networks: “The time has come. We’re going to the White House. We will cross the United States, from coast to coast, by bicycle. It will be like pedaling five times the distance from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. And although our route does not...

The six cases with a source of infection abroad (Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela) are from Havana, Granma, Mayabeque, Matanzas and Holguín. Havana had the highest number of cases. Photo: Yander Zamora/EFE

COVID-19 adds 49 new positive cases in Cuba

Help us keep OnCuba alive The first Wednesday of August closed for Cuba with the following news about the SARS-CoV-2 virus: increase in active cases: 276; increase in hospitalizations: 545: many more tests carried out: 3,876; and 49 new contagions. According to today’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) report, they were all Cuban, 41 are contacts of confirmed cases and six contracted the disease abroad. The source of infection is unknown in two individuals. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1291374156626440192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1291374156626440192%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fla-covid-19-suma-49-nuevos-contagios-en-cuba%2F The regions that registered infections in the last 24 hours were Havana, Artemisa, Granma, Matanzas, Mayabeque, Villa Clara and Holguín. The six cases with a source of infection abroad (Mexico, Costa Rica and Venezuela) are from Havana, Granma, Mayabeque, Matanzas and Holguín. Men slightly predominate over women (25-24) and 32 were asymptomatic. The most affected age groups are: between 20 and 39 years, with 22 cases; from 40 to 59, 16; over 60 four, and seven under 20. Cuba has processed a total of 285,471 tests carried out since March, of which 2,775 have been positive. The number of deaths from the new coronavirus on the island is, as of this moment, 88.

An injured man walks away from the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Photo: Hussein Malla/AP.

Cuba sends condolences to Lebanon on Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion

A few hours after the terrible explosion in the port that shook the center of Beirut, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla sent “heartfelt condolences to the people and the government of Lebanon in the face of the loss of human lives and the many wounded left by the explosion.” “We extend our condolences to the families of the victims,” ​​he wrote on his Twitter account. More than a hundred people were missing and more than 200,000 were left homeless after the explosion that caused more than a hundred deaths and 4,000 wounded this Tuesday in the Lebanese capital, Beirut Governor Maruan Abboud said today. https://twitter.com/BrunoRguezP/status/1290830871348609030?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1290830871348609030%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fmundo%2Fcuba-envia-condolencias-al-libano-por-catastrofica-detonacion-del-martes%2F In statements to local media, Abboud noted that at least a hundred people could not be found and that the damage in Beirut is enormous, at around 3 billion or 5 billion dollars. “About 200 or 250,000 people have been left homeless and we are working to provide food, water and shelter,” he said. The explosion caused a huge shock wave that affected thousands of homes and buildings, destroying glass windows and walls, which has led a large part of that area’s population to seek shelter elsewhere. Lebanese Prime Minister Hasan Diab revealed in...

Men predominate over women (16-9) and 15 were asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis. Photo: Yander Zamora/EFE.

Coronavirus in Cuba: 3,732 tests today show 25 new infections

Help us keep OnCuba alive The SARS-CoV-2 virus left 25 new infections yesterday in Cuba, according to the daily report of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). There were no deaths, but the active cases reached 240. 551 patients were hospitalized, while 6,466 people were under primary healthcare surveillance in their homes. https://twitter.com/MINSAPCuba/status/1291005782742503424?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1291005782742503424%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fcoronavirus-en-cuba-3732-pruebas-arrojan-hoy-25-nuevos-contagios%2F All the contagions are Cuban; 21 were contacts of confirmed cases, in two a source of infection was not specified and two of them were infected abroad. By region, the infections correspond to Artemisa (5 from the Bauta municipality, 3 from San Antonio de los Baños, 2 in San Cristóbal; Caimito and Artemisa and Mariel have 1 each) and Havana (4 from the La Lisa municipality, Habana del Este and Marianao with 2 each; Boyeros and Plaza de La Revolución, 1 case each). The imported cases, both from Venezuela, are limited to the provincial capitals of Cienfuegos and Guantánamo. Men predominate over women (16-9) and 15 were asymptomatic at the time of diagnosis. By age groups, those affected are as follows: 11 people between 20 and 39 years old as well as between 40 and 60; two under 20 and one over 60. Cuba has processed a...

The United States House of Representatives. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

U.S.: House of Representatives withdraws bill on Cuba

Help us keep OnCuba alive Last week, several Democrats in the House of Representatives quietly killed an attempt to roll back aspects of the Trump administration’s sanctions on Cuba Representative Bobby Rush, a Democrat from Illinois, proposed two island-related amendments to the appropriations bill, aimed at alleviating the current administration’s efforts to strangle the Cuban economy and returning to Obama-era policy. Representative Bobby Rush. Photo: Colin Boyle/Sun-Times. One of the measures prohibited officials from blocking exports of food and medicine. The other eliminated the limit imposed on the amount of money that people in the United States can send to Cuba. A coalition of more than 100 groups, including organizations like Just Foreign Policy, Demand Progress, and CODEPINK, supported the amendments and asked Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern, chair of the House Rules Committee, to allow those measures to thrive in the legislative body. McGovern has long opposed the United States' policy toward Cuba. According to his spokesperson Matt Bonaccorsi, though the congressman would have approved the remittances measure, he had some issues with the amendment to stop enforcing restrictions on food and medicine exports. And just a few days later, Rush withdrew the amendments. [caption id="attachment_225608" align="aligncenter"...

Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Cuba: what does the private sector need to import and export?

Help us keep OnCuba alive Cuba created a territorial map that identifies 1,026 goods and services with export possibilities, as well as 382 non-state forms of management―private businesses and cooperatives―of different sectors with the potential to export, Granma newspaper reported. “We need exports to grow and that imports be more rational,” Rodrigo Malmierca, minister of Foreign Trade and Investment (MINCEX), recently said, cited by the source. The Cuban government decided to extend the export and import operations―monopolized by state enterprises―to private businesses and cooperatives with the capacity to produce goods and services demanded in the international market. https://oncubanews.com/cuba/gobierno-cubano-da-luz-verde-a-las-exportaciones-importaciones-y-al-mercado-mayorista-para-el-sector-privado/ The foreign trade services, however, will be in charge of 36 state entities that will act as intermediaries between the Cuban self-employed and their clients abroad. According to the source, private business owners who wish to export or import goods and services must have current accounts in Cuban pesos (CUP), Cuban convertible pesos (CUC) and freely convertible currency at Banco Popular de Ahorro, Banco Metropolitano or that of  Crédito y Comercio. The prices of imports or exports will be agreed between the client and the state enterprise that offers the service, for which the value of those products in the closest markets will...

In 2016, Mitsubishi opened an office in the Miramar Business Center, becoming the first Japanese company with an agency in Havana.

Mitsubishi considers new trade agreements with Cuba

Help us keep OnCuba alive In addition to the already traditional high-end coffee trade with the island, Mitsubishi Corporation values ​​starting new businesses with Cuba that include the acquisition of seafood and the possible purchase of honey and its derivatives. The news came after Miguel Ángel Ramírez Ramos, Cuban ambassador to Japan, met today with Yamasaki Junichiro, deputy general manager of the Energy, Infrastructure and Urban Development Business Department of Mitsubishi Corporation. https://twitter.com/embacubajapon/status/1290153287321153537?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1290153287321153537%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fmitsubishi-considera-nuevos-convenios-comerciales-con-cuba%2F Yamasaki has been appointed as the new director for the Mitsubishi office in Havana and during the meeting he took the opportunity to recognize Cuba’s work in the fight against the pandemic and in the commercial sphere, according to the page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs . For his part, the Cuban diplomat also updated him on the measures that Cuba is implementing to recover strategic sectors of its economy affected by COVID-19 and referred to the possibility that non-state forms of management can export and import through state enterprises specialized in foreign trade operations. Last February, MC Agri Alliance, a Mitsubishi joint venture with the company Olam International Limited, paid a visit to the Eladio Machín Coffee Processing Plant in Cumanayagua (Cienfuegos province), as well...

A doctor takes the temperature before testing for COVID-19, in Los Sitios, in Havana. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez/Archive.

Massive tests to detect COVID-19 in Havana

Given the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Havana in recent days, massive studies to detect the disease are being carried out in the main Cuban city, according to the island’s Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP). This was confirmed this Monday by Dr. Francisco Durán, director of epidemiology of the MINSAP, who said that rapid tests and real-time PCR tests are being carried out in the 15 municipalities of the Cuban capital, with a view to early detection, prevention and control of the coronavirus. In the usual daily press conference on the epidemic in the country, Durán explained that the greatest amount of tests is being made “in municipalities where there are transmission events, outbreaks of the disease and in those with a more complex epidemiological situation,” Prensa Latina (PL) reported. These currently include Centro Habana, La Lisa, Marianao, 10 de Octubre, Cerro and Habana del Este, even though recent cases have also been detected in other Havana territories. https://oncubanews.com/cuba/la-habana-alerta-ante-nuevos-casos-y-focos-de-coronavirus/ The specialist noted that “it is about finding possible infections in the so-called silent places taking into account the geographical characteristics and mobility of people in Havana” and said that as part of the government’s strategy against COVID-19...

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