HAVANA, March 29 (Xinhua) — Cuba’s Public Health Ministry reported on Monday 701 new COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, bringing the total to 73,204 confirmed cases, along with two more deaths to total 417.
“With these figures, if maintained over time, we can say we are beginning to control the pandemic,” the ministry’s national director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran said, referring to a decrease of 218 COVID-19 cases from the previous day.
Since January, Cuba has been facing a new wave of COVID-19 infections, which forced the re-application of measures such as the suspension of the school year and the closure of public places throughout the country.
On Monday, an intervention trial of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate Abdala began in Havana, with 120,000 volunteers, while in the eastern provinces of Granma, Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba, the third and final phase of clinical trials of the same vaccine, involving 48,000 people is underway.
In addition, Phase III of another Cuban vaccine candidate, Soberana-02, is continuing in the capital with 44,000 people involved, as well as an intervention trial of 150,000 health workers.
Three other Cuban vaccine projects against COVID-19 are in different phases of research. Enditem