HAVANA, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Cuba surpassed 1,000 new daily COVID-19 infections, reporting 1,019 cases for a total of 110,644 cases, the Ministry of Public Health reported on Tuesday, adding that there were also 11 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 686.
May has started with very negative results, the ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran said in his daily report.
Havana had 658 COVID-19 cases in the last day, continuing to be the epicenter of the pandemic on the island, with an incidence rate of 448.7 per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the country.
Cuba is currently battling a new wave of infections, making authorities respond by reapplying preventive health measures, closing many public spaces and placing restrictions on arriving international travelers.
In the capital, the ministry is preparing for a mass vaccination campaign this month with two Cuban vaccine candidates, Soberana-02 and Abdala.
Meanwhile, the third and final phase of clinical trials for Soberana-02 continues in Havana alongside an intervention study among health workers, while Phase II clinical trials for another vaccine candidate Soberana Plus continue in the capital.
In addition, Phase III clinical trials and an intervention trial for Abdala are being carried out in the eastern part of the country, while two other candidates, Soberana-01 and Mambisa, are at different stages of research.
Moreover, Granma newspaper reported on Tuesday that a pediatric clinical trial is being prepared with the Soberana-01, 02 and Plus vaccine candidates.