U.S.-Cuba News Brief 05/07/2021

May 7, 2021

Dear Friends,

This week, several U.S. senators spoke out about increased domestic reports of health incidents like those that affected U.S. personnel in Cuba in 2016-2017, Cuban authorities ended a week-long hunger strike by dissident artist-activist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, and Cuba announced the members of the commission in charge of drafting a new Family Code for the island that will likely offer greater clarification on the legality of same sex marriage.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 1,162 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 5,631 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Artemisa reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 684, 91, and 47 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 713, but most fatalities have come over the last three months. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

According to Global Health Partners, Cuba currently faces a shortage of 20 million syringes that will be needed to vaccinate the island’s population against COVID-19. Global Health Partners and the Saving Lives Campaign are currently accepting donations to send medical syringes to Cuba for use in COVID-19 vaccination.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief 04/30/2021

April 30, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Cuba reported 1,046 new cases of COVID-19, and on Wednesday Cuba recorded a record 18 deaths in one day. There are currently 5,404 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, and Havana continues to be the epicenter of new cases. The total number of deaths since last March is 644, but most fatalities have come over the last three months. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief 04/23/2021

April 23, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Cuba reported 1,241 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 5,623 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, an increase from the previous day. Havana, Matanzas, and Holguín reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 727, 140, and 100 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 569. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 04/16/2021

April 16, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Cuba reported 1,040 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,750 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight increase from the previous day. Havana, Matanzas, and Santiago de Cuba reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 567, 158, and 86 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 500. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 04/09/2021

April 9, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Cuba reported 1,017 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 5,112 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, an increase from the previous day. Havana, Matanzas, and Granma reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 484, 153, and 86 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 448. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

This week we interviewed Guillermo Grenier, professor of sociology and chair of the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies at Florida International University, about his thoughts on recent polling of Cuban American political opinion, how the Biden-Harris administration can engage the Cuban American community, and what the priorities should be for U.S.-Cuba policy. 

To read this week’s interview with Professor Grenier, visit the “U.S.-Cuba Relations” section.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 04/02/2021

April 2, 2021

Dear Friends,

Yesterday, Cuba reported 1,077 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,517 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, an increase from the previous day. Havana, Granma, and Matanzas reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 516, 116, and 98 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 429. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 03/26/2021

March 26, 2021

Dear Friends,

CDA is hiring a Fellow! CDA seeks a uniquely qualified applicant for the 12-month Fellowship with a special interest in all things Cuba, a thirst for activism, and an interest in pursuing a professional career in the foreign policy NGO community. More information on the Fellowship is available here. 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 832 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 3,318 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Camagüey reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 514, 74, and 51 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 413. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 03/19/2021

March 19, 2021

Dear Friends,

The Fund for Reconciliation and Development is circulating an online petition in support of the restoration of President Obama’s Cuba Policy by the Biden-Harris administration. The petition is available for signing here.

CDA is hiring a Fellow! CDA seeks a uniquely qualified applicant for the 12-month Fellowship with a special interest in all things Cuba, a thirst for activism, and an interest in pursuing a professional career in the foreign policy NGO community. More information on the Fellowship is available here. 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 735 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 3,575 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Granma, reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 396, 93, and 62 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 387. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 03/12/2021

March 12, 2021

Dear Friends,

CDA is hiring a Fellow and two remote summer interns! CDA seeks a uniquely qualified applicant for the 12-month Fellowship with a special interest in all things Cuba, a thirst for activism, and an interest in pursuing a professional career in the foreign policy NGO community. CDA also seeks two summer interns. Interns work in three key areas: Policy and Advocacy; Communications and Social Media; and Nonprofit Development. More information on the Fellowship is available here and on the internship here. 

The Latin America Working Group (LAWG) is collecting signatures for a petition to President Joe Biden, asking him and his Administration to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba. The petition urges the President “to take swift and comprehensive action to lift travel restrictions to and sanctions on the island, encourage Congress to end the travel ban and trade embargo, and fully normalize diplomatic ties with Cuba.” You may sign onto the petition here.

CDA is partnering with Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) to host a virtual panel, “Moving Forward: How the Biden-Harris administration should engage the Latinx Community” on March 16. For more information, please visit the Events section of our news brief and/or this website

Yesterday, Cuba reported 762 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,696 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. Havana, Granma, and Pinar del Río, reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 368, 105, and 65 new cases reported respectively in each province. The total number of deaths since last March is 365. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 03/05/2021

March 5, 2021

Dear Friends,

CDA is hiring two remote summer interns! Interns work in three key areas: Policy and Advocacy; Communications and Social Media; and Nonprofit Development. The deadline to apply is March 15. Visit our website to learn more about the internship and to read reflections from past interns. 

Yesterday, Cuba reported 777 new cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4,551 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island, a slight decrease from the previous day. Havana, Mayabeque, and Granma, reported the largest numbers of new cases, with 333, 65, and 60 new cases reported respectively in each province. The number of deaths has increased by 195 since the beginning of the year, bringing the total to 341 deaths since last March. For a graph of case numbers since March, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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