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Havana decrees night curfew to contain covid-19 outbreak

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The Cuban capital will have a new night curfew indefinitely starting this Thursday, a measure with which authorities seek to contain a recent outbreak of covid-19, an official media reported on Wednesday (13).

The authorities decided to “prohibit the mobility of people and vehicles from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am” from Thursday, announced the Tribuna de La Habana, the provincial newspaper of the ruling Communist Party.

The curfew, the second that has been applied in Havana since the beginning of the pandemic in March, is part of a package of 50 measures approved by the capital’s government to “contain the spread of the disease”, among which are also included the closing beaches, bars and nightclubs and stopping urban transport.

Likewise, the suspension of “national tourism” is established, while the markets and the presence of adults and children in parks and recreational centers will be limited until 16:00.

The Tribuna de La Habana pointed out that violators of these health measures are subject to fines of up to 3,000 Cuban pesos ($ 125). On the island, the minimum wage is 2,100 Cuban pesos.

The new measures were announced the day after the authorities also declared the closure of schools in Thursday’s 34 municipalities, including 15 in the province of Havana, as of Thursday.

The capital had already applied restrictions since last weekend, such as the suspension of night public transport and the shutdown of buses traveling to other provinces.

Cuba had registered a low rate of infections, but after the end of the year festivities the increase in the flow of tourists and Cubans living abroad, the cases increased rapidly with a record on Wednesday of 550 positive for covid-19, a situation that health authorities consider it “very complex”.

Cuba, which reopened its borders in November after eight months of closure, once again restricted travelers from the United States, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Haiti on January 1.

Since registering the first three cases in March, the island has accumulated 16,044 infections, 155 deaths and 12,478 recovered, figures much more favorable than those of its neighbors in the region.

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