Fri, 21 Jan 2022

HAVANA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Cuba on Monday registered 2,519 new daily cases of COVID-19 and one related death in 24 hours, pushing the national tally to 979,929 cases and 8,329 deaths, the Public Health Ministry said.

It was the third day in a row that new daily cases topped 2,000, the ministry said, adding there were 9,993 active COVID-19 cases in Cuba, including 35 patients in intensive care units.

Francisco Duran, the ministry's national director of epidemiology, said the COVID-19 positivity rate across the country had increased by 4.8 percent in the past week.

"We have also seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 pediatric cases," he said, urging compliance with social distancing and safety protocols to slow the spread of the virus.

Cuba detected its first case of the Omicron variant on Dec. 8 and has registered 129 such cases.

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