The North American continent, Cuba, reported a new record number of Covid-19 infections on Friday, with 1,241 in one day bringing the total to 99,208, the Ministry of Public Health said, adding that there were 10 more deaths, for a total of 569.
Of the new cases, 1,205 were from community transmission, according to the ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran, who said on TV that "self-protection and strict fulfillment of Covid-19 protocols "would be fundamental to tackle the sanitary emergency." Havana, the epicenter of the pandemic on the island, registered more than half of the new cases with 727 in the past 24 hours. The expert also said that April 2021 has become the deadliest month since the pandemic began, with 144 deaths and 22,932 Covid-19 cases.
Cuba has been facing a new wave of Covid-19 infections since January, as authorities have moved to regulate the closure of many public spaces, restrict mobility, and require testing and quarantine for arriving travellers.
Meanwhile, the third and final phase of clinical trials for the Cuban vaccine candidate 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.