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Cuba registers 932 new COVID-19 cases in one day

Xinhua
04 May 2021, 06:05 GMT+10

HAVANA, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Cuba's Public Health Ministry reported on Monday 932 new COVID-19 infections and 11 more deaths in the last day, bringing the totals to 109,625 cases and 675 deaths.

Today's figures show a high transmission, the ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran said during his daily report, adding that of the new cases, 884 were from community transmission.

Havana had 539 of the new daily cases, and continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic on the island, with an incidence rate of 444.6 per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the country.

Cuba is currently battling a new wave of infections, leading authorities to respond by reapplying preventive health measures, closing many public spaces and placing restrictions on arriving international travelers.

In the capital, the ministry is preparing for a mass vaccination campaign this month with two Cuban vaccine candidates, Soberana-02 and Abdala.

Meanwhile, the third and final phase of clinical trials for Soberana-02 continues in Havana alongside an intervention study among health workers, while Phase II clinical trials for another vaccine candidate Soberana Plus continue in the capital.

In addition, Phase III clinical trials and an intervention trial for Abdala are being carried out in the eastern part of the country, while two other candidates, Soberana-01 and Mambisa, are at different stages of research.

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