Next Monday all of Cuba, except for Havana and its neighboring province of Mayabeque, will enter the third and last stage of the post-coronavirus pandemic reopening, although the borders will continue to be closed until the situation improves in the capital, where contagions are still being registered.
Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero reported this Thursday that until further notice Havana will remain in phase 1, which includes the reestablishment of urban public transportation, the reopening with limited capacity of restaurants and bars and access to beaches, among other measure.
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The province of Mayabeque, for its part, will continue in phase 2, which expands access to other public places, allows the resumption of some cultural activities and international tourism limited to several keys on the Cuban coast and without contact with the local population.
In the rest of the island, there have been no new cases of COVID-19 for more than 28 days, which correspond to two incubation periods of the disease, so as of Monday they are ready to move on to phase three, the Cuban prime minister said in a televised appearance. Some of them have even been more than seventy days without reporting cases.
The third phase contemplates the restoration to full performance of all economic and productive activities, as well as health services and all bureaucratic procedures. The use of the mask in public and closed spaces is still mandatory.
Regular flights and interprovincial transportation services should also be restored in this last stage, but the government has decided to cancel these measures until the epidemiological situation improves in Havana, which still registers daily infections and currently has two open local transmission events.
Cuban borders―air and sea―have been closed since the beginning of April, except for humanitarian flights, merchandise traffic, and the departure and return of medical missions.
This Thursday Cuba added two cases of COVID-19, both in the capital, with which the island maintains the downward trend in daily infections of the virus, from which 94% of the total of 2,440 confirmed patients have already recovered, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health.