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The Institute of Meteorology reports in its tropical cyclone warning No. 6 that during the early morning the tropical depression Fred keeps weakening but remains intense with maximum sustained winds under 55 km/h, gusty winds and a minimum pressure of 1010 hPa. It is tracking at 26 km/h on a west-northwesterly course.

 In its most recent meeting, the temporary working group against COVID-19 in the province of Ciego de Avila reviewed the measures to minimize the possible effects of tropical depression Fred as it tracks on waters off the northern coast of Cuba.

Harsh though it may be, the combined lashing of two lethal viruses, namely COVID-19 and the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade, will not prevent Cuba from celebrating International Youth Day today.

Desperate to save her mother, a friend of mine paid 1,500 pesos for a blister pack (three pills) of Azithromycin. Two days ago, a colleague decried on Facebook the illegal sale of the same pills at a price of 4,000 pesos! As if their value in the black market was proportional to the worsening of the pandemic.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla called today for international cooperation and the full implementation of the Paris Convention and Agreement to curb global warming and noted that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that failure to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions will make it impossible to reach the goal of limiting global warming to around 1.5ºC or even 2ºC.

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez wrote today on his Twitter account that the island is on early alert due to the formation of Tropical Storm Fred and remarked that increasing rainfall is expected Thursday.

The Ozone Technical Office (OTOZ) renewed its call for the second virtual contest on the preservation of the Earth’s shield against the sun’s UV radiation, which damage people’s immune system, eyesight, skin, and life in general.

Two eternal youths: Frank and Fidel is the theme chosen by local institutions under the province of Santiago de Cuba’s Center for Cultural Heritage (CPPC) to evoke these two great men of history on Youth Day—August 12—and on the following day, the 95th birthday of the Commander in Chief.

The Institute of Meteorology reports in its tropical cyclone warning No. 2 that during this early morning tropical storm Fred was moving south of Puerto Rico and bringing heavy rains formed near its center of circulation. Fred has gained in organization, although its maximum sustained winds remain at 65 km/h and its minimum central pressure is still 1009 hP.

Urban quarantines in several municipalities and more isolation units for positive and suspected cases are two of the main measures suggested by the province of Artemisa’s Temporary Working Group (GTT) to tackle COVID-19 transmission in the region.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel recalled on Monday the atomic bombardment of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, at the orders of the United States administration.

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