More than 121,000 people have died from coronavirus in the Caribbean and South America, but as CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports, the island nation of … https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/cuba-coronavirus-lockdown-tourism Alejandro, the driver of a classic 1954 Chevy convertible who asked we not use his last name, is just one Cuban who works in the tourism industry and is feeling the pain. ", There's a perfect beach for every week of the year. However, some restrictions are still in place in Havana, a city of 2 million people that saw an outbreak in August. All tourism was banned; bars, restaurants and even the beaches were closed. Gil said in his talk on state TV that officials are working on a plan to boost the economy, including encouraging farmers by removing barriers on their production, providing incentives for exports and making self-employment rules more flexible to help small private entrepreneurs. Cubans … Therefore, so does the number of patients admitted with the disease, which on Monday amounted to 771. Turn to RT for the latest news on sanctions and battling coronavirus in Cuba today, as well as stories on Bolsonaro’s latest evidence of his Covid-19 results and his refusal to make them public. Panama’s Tocumen airport is one of Latin America’s most important hubs and had been operating only humanitarian flights since April and accepting only connecting flights last month. "A lot of people who don't work in the industry but have family that do. Cuba has reported about 4,000 COVID-19 cases and fewer than a hundred deaths. Cuban officials say the coronavirus is under control, with less than 12 cases per day. Overall, Cuba’s gross domestic product is expected to fall more than 8%. While the Havana airport remained shut down, officials hinted that more lifting of restrictions was in the works. Face masks and social distancing remain mandatory, although authorities will no longer isolate those who have been in contact with suspected cases as the island returns to a semblance of normality. HAVANA -- Cuba relaxed coronavirus restrictions Monday in hopes of boosting its economy, allowing shops and government offices to reopen and welcoming locals and tourists at airports across the island except in Havana. The government has taken measures to help stop the spread of … Schools in the capital are not expected to reopen until early November, while classes elsewhere on the island resumed last month. Universities and schools remain closed. The pandemic had frozen Cuba's critical $3 billion tourism industry since March, when the first coronavirus cases were reported. News US news Elections 2020 World news Environment Soccer US politics Business Tech ... Coronavirus in Cuba – in pictures A couple at the Malecón in … In July, the Cuban government began to allow international visitors to travel to small, isolated cays off the Cuban mainland where they would not be able to mix with locals other than hotel staff. For more than six months Cuba has maintained one of the tightest lockdowns anywhere in the world to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Brand new hotels just built by the Cuban government now stand roped off and empty inside. "The country has to provide services, produce and export," said Luis Antonio Torres Iribar, the head of Civil Defense for Havana province. Cuba’s international medical brigade has been nominated by several countries and many prominent personalities, such as Noam Chomsky, to receive the Noble Peace Prize for 2021 for providing international medical and humanitarian COVID-19 assistance to over 40 countries. 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