Starting yesterday, January 10, the Cuban authorities require that travelers from abroad present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, carried out by a certified laboratory in the country of origin. The test must have been carried out within a maximum of 72 hours prior to arrival in the national territory.
Prensa Latina, alluding to the information published by the website of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), recalls that tourists willing to stay in hotels, rental houses or hostels, will have a PCR at their entrance and will remain in isolation until they know the result.
Meanwhile, travelers residing in Cuba or visiting Cubans will be confined in the house, whose address they have registered, until they know the negative result of a second PCR carried out on the fifth day of arrival.
The measure was announced on December 24 and responds to the rebound in coronavirus infections on the island after the opening of the airports between October and November 2020.
Many of the new positive cases have had the source of infection abroad or have been associated with travelers, according to Dr. Francisco Durán in his daily appearance to report on the existing epidemiological situation.
La responsabilidad individual es esencial para ganar la batalla a la #COVID19.
Reducir el número de casos depende del cumplimiento de todas las medidas establecidas de cuidado personal, tanto desde los centros de trabajo como las comunidades.#CubaPorLaVida @DrDuranGarcia pic.twitter.com/hdw0ojvVaA
— Ministerio de Salud Pública de Cuba (@MINSAPCuba) January 5, 2021
Yesterday, the number of new cases diagnosed with the disease continued to rise on the island, after the MINSAP announcement of 365 new cases at the close of Friday. In this way, it set a new daily record and the number of positive cases detected exceeded 14,000 (14,188) since the start of the pandemic.
Active cases reached 2,332, which meant another negative mark for Cuba in its battle against COVID-19.