Cuba has joined the fray in easing pandemic lockdown and reopening the country in phases.
It announced recently that its capital Havana would see ease in lockdown while most of the other parts of the country will move towards phase two of a three-phase process towards normalization.
The country’s capital will see its 2.2 million residents out and about as people will be allowed to move around in the public sphere, private transport, and go to the beach and other recreation centers.
People will also be allowed to dine and have a drink although social distancing and the wearing of masks remain mandatory.
Optional medical and other services will also resume.
The country has seen a dramatic decrease in people affected by COVID-19.
Cuba has the highest doctor-to-patient ratio globally (even when allowance is made for the nearly 10,000 or more doctors currently working abroad).
The country also spends a higher proportion of its GDP on healthcare than any other country in the region.
While 30% of the 630 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean have “no access to healthcare for financial reasons,” according to the Pan American Health Organization, everybody in Cuba is covered.
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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