Recovery is the word of order in Cuba today, after a week of heavy rains due to tropical storm Eta, in the midst of the fight against Covid-19 and to boost the economy.
After the meteorological event at the beginning of the week, without resulting in any deaths in the national territory, the damages are quantified and efforts are redoubled to repair the damages caused.
This was confirmed by the main government authorities of the country, who made a tour of the central provinces Villa Clara, Sancti Spíritus, Cienfuegos and Ciego de Ávila, as well as Santiago de Cuba and Granma in the east, including the most affected by Eta, Pinar del Río, in the extreme west of the country.
The day before knowing that the tropical storm had caused damage in some 12 thousand hectares of crops in a preliminary way; 704 homes, 37 of them total collapses; including various bridges and highways, as well as power cuts to some 412 thousand people.
According to the Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero, in general there was a rapid response to the tropical storm, which allowed to protect people and advancing to recovery, which is currently evidenced in the restoration of electricity and recollection of crops, among other areas.
All this occurred in the midst of the confrontation with Covid-19, which went through a favorable week, according to the director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health, Francisco Durán, said on Friday.
The specialist said that the island is moving towards control of the pandemic, which is expressed in the decrease of those infected and the incidence rate in the last 15 days, currently 5.88 per 100,000 inhabitants.
This panorama motivated the Government’s temporary work group for the prevention and control of Covid-19 to decide to go to the recovery stage in the Ciego de Ávila province, with its capital city in the second phase of recovery and the rest in the third stage.
Meanwhile, Pinar del Río, a territory that currently presents the greatest complexity in the management of the disease, has already exceeded the peak of active cases, according to Cuban scientists and experts who announced that on Wednesday during a meeting with the president, Miguel Díaz-Canel.
Cuba’s progress towards a new normal coexistence with Covid-19 is also evidenced in the announcement of the opening, tomorrow Sunday, of commercial, regular and charter operations at the José Martí International Airport in Havana, the most important air terminal of the country.
With the resumption of its services, all the country’s air terminals will be fully operational, for which strict security protocols are applied that involve carrying out diagnostic tests (PCR) to all travelers arriving in Cuba.