U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 10/15/2021

October 15, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Cuba reported 2,138 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 10,277 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 930,822 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 8,018. Cuba is hoping to vaccinate 90 percent of the population by November and reach full vaccination by the end of the year. Currently, 50 percent of the population is fully vaccinated and an additional 28 percent is partially vaccinated. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 10/08/2021

October 8, 2021

Dear Friends,

This weekend, be sure to check out Cimafunk’s new album, El Alimento. El Alimento is the second album from the Afro-Cuban funk group and features collaborations with George Clinton, Lupe Fiasco, CeeLo Green and more. Listen to the album here, and for tickets to see Cimafunk live, click here.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 3,396 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 19,493 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. Pinar del Río reported the highest number of new cases for the sixth consecutive week at 766. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 911,337 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 7,777. Cuba is hoping to vaccinate 90 percent of the population by November and reach full vaccination by the end of the year. Currently, almost 50 percent of the population is fully vaccinated and an additional 36 percent is partially vaccinated. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 10/01/2021

October 1, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week we continue our interview with Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation and author of the recent article Cuba’s Bitcoin Revolution, about his thoughts on recent recognition of and regulations surrounding the use of cryptocurrencies by Cuba’s government and the potential benefits of cryptocurrencies for average Cuban citizens.

To read part two of CDA’s interview with Alex Gladstein, visit the “In Cuba” section. The full interview, including part one, can be viewed on our website.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 5,049 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 27,158 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. Pinar del Río reported the highest number of new cases for the fifth consecutive week at 985. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 882,477 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 7,486. Cuba is hoping to vaccinate 90 percent of the population by November and reach full vaccination by the end of the year. Currently, approximately 82 percent of the population is partially or fully vaccinated. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 09/24/2021

September 24, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week we interviewed Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at the Human Rights Foundation and author of the recent article Cuba’s Bitcoin Revolution, about his thoughts on recent recognition of and regulations surrounding the use of cryptocurrencies by Cuba’s government and the potential benefits of cryptocurrencies for average Cuban citizens.

To read part one of this week’s interview with Alex Gladstein, visit the “In Cuba” section. Part two will be published next week. The full interview can be viewed on our website.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 7,695 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 36,795 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. Pinar del Río reported the highest number of new cases for the fourth consecutive week at 1,864. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 839,981 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 7,104. Cuba is hoping to vaccinate 90 percent of the population by November and currently, there is approximately 76 percent of the population partially or fully vaccinated. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 09/17/2021

September 17, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week, CDA issued a comprehensive memorandum which discusses and recommends detailed policy actions the Biden-Harris Administration could take to best support the Cuban people as they face a dire humanitarian crisis during the pandemic. The memo was accompanied by a press release and also provides a timeline of the Administration’s actions on Cuba from day one to present. To access a complete and detailed version of the timeline, click here. To read the full press release, click here.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 8,291 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 39,075 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. Pinar del Río reported the highest number of new cases for the third consecutive week at 1,629. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 784,416 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 6,676. Cuba is hoping to vaccinate 90 percent of the population by November and currently, there is approximately 55 percent of the population partially or fully vaccinated. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 09/10/2021

September 10, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Cuba reported 8,394 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 38,944 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a decrease from previous weeks. Pinar del Río reported the highest number of new cases for the second consecutive week at 1118. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 729,133 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 6,140. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 09/03/2021

September 3, 2021

Dear Friends,

Happy Labor Day! As we begin the three-day weekend, let’s take a moment to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the contributions of laborers to our national achievements.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 6,927 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 32,132 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a decrease from previous weeks. Pinar del Río reported the highest number of new cases for the second consecutive week at 895. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 672,599 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 5,538. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba Brief: 08/27/2021

August 27, 2021

Dear Friends,

Happy Friday!

This week, CDA highlights Project EL PAN. The project aims to support the Cuban people by leveraging collaboration between Americans and Cuban Americans. Donations go toward purchasing and shipping food and hygiene products to the island as it faces dire food, medicine, and material shortages amid an economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

CDA, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the Latin America Working Group (LAWG), and other key allies in the U.S.-Cuba space have compiled and released a packet of resources including statements, analyses, and talking points that provide an overview of U.S. sanctions and restrictions that hamper efforts to provide humanitarian relief. The document, Collective Call of Action, Talking Points, and Analyses on Cuba’s Humanitarian Crisis also provides guidance on the most effective advocacy tools to alleviate the crisis in Cuba.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 7,639 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 47,131 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a decrease from last week. Pinar del Río reported the highest number of new cases at 914 and highest mortality rate with 15 deaths. Havana follows closely with regards to new cases at 911. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 627,311 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 4,984. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 08/20/2021

August 20, 2021

Dear Friends,

Happy Friday!

Please take a moment to let us know what you enjoy about our US-Cuba News Brief as well as ways you think we could improve this service. Please, reach out to CDA’s Executive Director, Jorge Quintana, at jorgequintana@democracyinamericas.org to share your feedback and ideas.

We also invite you to take some time to consider the value of CDA’s work to you, and to contribute to our mission.You make all of this important work possible, and we are grateful for your support. We need your support today because now is the critical time to promote just solutions that will benefit both the peoples of the U.S. and of Cuba. Thank you in advance for your support.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 9,764 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 46,449 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, an increase from the previous day and the second highest daily active cases figure since the start of the pandemic. Cienfuegos reported the highest number of new cases at 2,029, however Holguín is currently experiencing the highest mortality rate per capita, with 10 deaths and 666 cases. The total number of cases since March of 2020 surpassed half a million and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 4,397. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 08/13/2021

August 13, 2021

Dear Friends,

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, Cuba reported 8,312 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 44,031 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, an increase from the previous day. Havana reported the highest number of new cases at 1,321, however Ciego de Ávila is currently experiencing the greatest surge and highest mortality rate per capita, with 554 cases. The total number of cases since March of 2020 surpassed half a million and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 3,842. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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