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Cuba surpasses 17,000 COVID-19 infections

16 Jan 2021, 07:49 GMT+10

HAVANA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Cuba exceeded 17,000 infections from the novel coronavirus, after reporting 547 new cases and two deaths on Friday, for accumulated totals of 17,096 cases and 162 deaths, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

Official data showed the number of infections from sources from abroad has been reduced to 32 cases since a reduction in international flights and the requirement for all travelers to present a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before entering the country was implemented.

However, during the last seven days, the Caribbean nation registered close to 400 cases per day. Health authorities have expanded capacity at all health institutions after seeing a rise in hospitalizations, currently at 3,960, the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic.

All 15 Cuban provinces are experiencing active cases, although Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas and Villa Clara continue to be the areas with the greatest number of daily infections.

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