Wed, 16 Jun 2021

HAVANA, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Cuba reported on Thursday more than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections for the third consecutive day, with 1,060 cases, to total 112,714, the Ministry of Public Health said, adding that there were another seven deaths reported, bringing the total to 701.

The ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran reported during his daily broadcast that of the new cases, 35 were imported ones.

Havana registered 636 cases in the last day, recording the highest rate of infection on the island, with 454.7 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.

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