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02 Jul 2020 | 05:14 AM UTC

Cuba: Authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown from July 3 /update 9

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Cuban authorities to ease COVID-19 lockdown from July 3; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/2/2020, 12:00 AM until 7/31/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Havana). COUNTRY/REGION Cuba, Havana

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Event

The Cuban government has announced that measures in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will be eased from Friday, July 3. The capital, Havana, will enter phase one of a three-phase normalization process. Residents will be permitted to travel on public or private transport, go to the beach, visit bars and restaurants, and go to recreation centers. Social distancing will remain in force and wearing facemasks will be mandatory. The rest of the country will enter phase two on the same date, with larger gatherings permitted and limited tourism and interprovincial transportation to resume.

As of Wednesday, July 1, there have been 2348 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cuba with 86 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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