Cuba's authorities informed that Havana will be under a new nighttime curfew for an indefinite time starting Friday to contain the COVID-19 upsurge.
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"Each day, the restriction will take place from 21h00 to 5h00," Havana Governor Reinaldo Garcia explained, urging the population to comply with the social distancing measures.
The curfew, the second to be applied in Havana since the beginning of the pandemic, will be in force until the capital's epidemiological situation is favorable.
Since January 14, authorities have been taking measures to contain a new wave of contagions that has caused the country to report up to 1,000 cases daily.
"The measures include the closure of schools, restaurants, bars, and beaches, and the suspension of public transportation in the evening hours," Garcia added, recalling that the outbreak was caused by Christmas celebrations and the increased arrival of tourists and Cubans from abroad.
As of February 6, all travelers will be isolated at hotels or confinement centers for at least seven days to undergo two COVID-19 tests.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Health Ministry has reported 30,345 COVID-19 cases and 225 deaths. Despite the jump in infections, the country, with 11.2 million inhabitants, is one of the least affected nations in the region.