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Transportation limited in Havana due to Covid-19 outbreak

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 10 (ACN) The suspension of urban bus service in Havana and the limitation of mobility from and to western territories are added today to the measures announced to stop a new epidemic outbreak of Covid-19 .

From 8:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, public transportation in Havana was interrupted, in accordance with the provisions of the Provincial Defense Council (CDP) and the Ministry of Transportation.

In addition, from today, traffic between the western provinces and the rest of the country is minimized, for which control points are established in each territory.

The capital of the Caribbean island returned to the autochthonous transmission phase on Saturday after the rise in the number of infections with the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Similarly, the province of Artemisa, to the west of Havana, is going through phase two of de-escalation, while the rest of the country is in the third outgoing stage.

The day before, the president of the Provincial Defense Committee (CDP) in Havana, Luis Antonio Torres, urged state, cooperative and private institutions to adopt extraordinary measures in order to avoid outbreaks that later become transmission events.

Torres emphasized the need to comply with the protocols established for hospitals, suspect centers and for travelers, which are vital to stop the spread of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

'Increasing discipline, order and responsibility are priorities for this battle,' he emphasized.

According to the head of Public Health in the province, Carlos Alberto Martinez, 2,552 PCR tests were processed on Saturday in Havana and 29 positive cases were confirmed, five of these imported and in seven the source of infection was not specified.

The accumulated number of positives for the disease in the territory increased to 164 in the last 15 days, he said.

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