Sun, 28 Nov 2021

HAVANA, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The numbers of daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Cuba plateau as the country wraps up its national COVID-19 immunization campaign with home-grown vaccines.

Cuba on Sunday added 330 new cases of COVID-19 and two more related deaths, taking the national caseload to 960,802 and death toll to 8,295.

The average number of daily cases in Cuba stayed below 400 in the last week, according to statistics released by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health.

At present, there are 1,392 people infected with COVID-19 in the Caribbean nation, 42 of whom are in intensive care units.

So far, more than 80 percent of the island's 11 million residents have been fully jabbed, according to the health ministry.

The Cuban government has started administering COVID-19 booster shots to frontline workers, including health professionals and scientists.

In addition, Cuba kicked off clinical trials to evaluate the capacity of the locally-made Soberana Plus COVID-19 vaccine to be used as a universal booster shot.

Nationwide, the Cuban government continues to ease lockdown measures ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations, when thousands of Cuban nationals from overseas are expected to arrive on the island.

Furthermore, beaches, restaurants and sports centers continue operating with mask mandates and COVID-19 protocols in place.

Several camping sites were reopened in the Cuban provinces of Sancti Spiritus, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba, local media reported.

Meanwhile, local authorities expect that some 100,000 more international travelers will visit the country before the end of the year.

At the same time, the government has set facilities across the country to conduct PCR tests for Cuban nationals traveling overseas.

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