IFCO-P4P: CubaBuzz - 209


IFCO's CubaBuzz: Issue 209
Latest Covid-19 update in Cuba
(as of August 11, 2020)
3093 -- Confirmed cases
490 -- Admitted for clinical epidemiological surveillance
2472 -- Recuperated
88 -- Deaths
In related news:
What went wrong in Havana? The weight of the capital and Cuba’s new normal
OnCuba, August 10, 2020- When it seemed that Cuba had overcome the virus and was making good progress in its reopening, a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in Havana and a neighboring province have forced the island to stop dead and resume harsh restrictions in the capital to regain control of the epidemic.
Since March, the island has deployed an active surveillance strategy to identify suspected cases with contact tracing and immediate isolation to control the pandemic and limit contagion while maintaining a low mortality rate.
In related news:
Cuba is on track to a vaccine against Covid-19
Prensa Latina, August 11, 2020- Cuban biotechnologists are working today in the search for a specific medicine against the new coronavirus, based on previous experiences with other drugs.
Some institutions such as the Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), Vaccine Institution and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology are currently working together on several strategies to obtain candidates based on previous formula such as those used against hepatitis B and Pentavalent vaccine, which includes antigens against five separate diseases.
Telesur, August 8, 2020- Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel Saturday welcomed back the Cuban medical brigade that support Kuwait's fight against COVID-19.
"Welcome to your homeland, doctors," Diaz-Canel tweeted after the plane landed at Jose Marti International Airport, in Havana, from the Arabian country.
The president recognized the brigade’s efforts in fighting COVID-19 and also took the opportunity to call for more discipline in the Caribbean Island. 
Love and solidarity mark aid sending to Cuba from Netherlands
Cuba Si (Prensa Latina), August 10, 2020- The Association of Cubans in the Netherlands (ACH) completed this month filling a container with medical aid for the island, an initiative marked by love and solidarity, Francisco Manuel Freyre, one of its organizers, said on Monday.
Carlos Lazo and his wards reach their goal
OnCuba, August 6, 2020- A group of Cubans residing in the United States led by teacher Carlos Lazo arrived in Washington on Wednesday, the goal of a trip of more than 5,000 kilometers by bicycle to ask the U.S. government to end the blockade on Cuba, Cubadebate reported.
Carlos Lazo intends to “speak with the President of the United States or with whoever listens to us,” as in an initiative, to build “bridges of love” between the island and the United States.
Telesur, August 6, 2020- The President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel highlighted on Thursday the use of the judiciary in politics as a colonizing weapon over the peoples of Latin America.
On his official Twitter account, the president maintained that the case of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, "proves how far the enemies go" in applying those tools.
Media war: from rationality to emotion
Granma, August 5, 2020- About a month ago, given progress in controlling the COVID-19 epidemic, Cuban authorities released an official list of activities that would gradually resume normal functioning over three phases - announcing that a detailed explanation would be provided the following day on the Mesa Redonda television program. Cubans were relieved and hopeful, but as the hours of that afternoon and evening advanced, another message spread at lightning speed.
From cell phone to cell phone, through the WhatsApp messaging network, a list of measures began to circulate, a false report that created uncertainty about the official plan, clearly designed to cause confusion, annoyance and discomfort. From user groups to private chats and vice versa, the reach of the fake list of measures was expanding by the minute. It will never be known exactly how many people read it, and how many believed its content, or were able to recognize the suspicious language, far removed from the terms customarily used in government and public communication in Cuba, revealing another source.
IFCO congratulates this year's graduates of ELAM, the Latin America School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba
This video of IFCO’s Virtual Graduation Celebration for ELAM 2020 Graduates was recorded on July 28, 2020. We regret that in the video one of the student’s name was misspelled. The correct spelling is: Ruqayyah Farrakan.
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