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LatinNews Daily - 10 August 2020

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In brief: Restrictions reintroduced in Cuba’s capital

* Due to a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in Havana province, where Cuba's eponymous capital is located, and the bordering Artemisa province, the Cuban government has reintroduced restrictions in the capital and the Bauta municipality in Artemisa, suspending public transport and closing bars, cinemas, beaches and parks. On 8 August Cuba’s health minister, José Angel Portal Miranda, explained that from 21 July onwards, Cuba has seen a rise in daily Covid-19 cases, after the country began a three-phase reopening plan in June. On 8 August, Cuba registered 65 new daily confirmed cases, bringing to the total to 2,953. According to government figures, 151 and 183 new cases were confirmed in weeks 31 and 32, up from 49 and 20 in weeks 30 and 29. Portal Miranda warned that Havana province is in a “stage of exponential growth” of the disease, adding that new “cases appear every day”