HAVANA, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Cuba's Ministry of Public Health reported on Wednesday 1,010 new COVID-19 infections in the last day, bringing the total to 111,654, along with eight more deaths for a total of 694.
Forecasts point to a greater increase in the number of infections and deaths, the ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran said in his daily report.
Duran also noted that of the total number of cases reported in the last day, 61 corresponded to imported infections, the highest figure over the past two weeks.
Havana added another 590 daily cases, with the highest rate of infections in the country at 450.6 per 100,000 inhabitants.
Cuba is currently battling a new wave of infections, with authorities reapplying preventive health measures, closing many public spaces and placing restrictions on arriving international travelers.
In the capital, the ministry is getting ready for a mass vaccination campaign this month with two Cuban vaccine candidates, Soberana-02 and Abdala.
Meanwhile, Phase III clinical trials and an intervention trial for Abdala are being carried out in the eastern part of the country, while Phase II clinical trials for another vaccine candidate Soberana Plus continue in the capital and two other candidates, Soberana-01 and Mambisa, are at different stages of research.
The ministry is also preparing a pediatric clinical trial with Soberana-01, 02 and Plus vaccine candidates.