HAVANA, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Cuba registered 1,037 cases and 13 more deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily death toll on record, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Sunday.
The ministry stated that the number of cases has reached 93,511 and the death toll has climbed to 525.
"When the number of cases and the incidence rate rise, the number of critically ill and seriously ill patients rises, and therefore so do deaths," said the ministry's national director of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Francisco Duran.
Cuba has been facing a new wave of the virus since January and authorities have enacted regulations that have closed down many public spaces and have reinstated limits on mobility, with testing and quarantine regulations placed on arriving travelers.
The third and final phase of clinical trials for the Cuban vaccine candidate Soberana-02 continues in Havana alongside an intervention study among health workers, and phase two of clinical trials for vaccine candidate Soberana Plus continues in the capital.
An intervention trial as well as phase three of clinical trials for the vaccine candidate Abdala also continues in the east of the country, and two other candidates, Soberana-01 and Mambisa, are at different phases of research.