HAVANA, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Cuba reported on Monday 873 new COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 56,566, along with two more deaths for a total of 350, the Public Health Ministry said.
National director of hygiene and epidemiology at the ministry Francisco Duran detailed in his daily report that of the total number of infections reported in one day, 851 were from community transmission.
Havana reported another 362 infections for the day and is still the epicenter of the pandemic on the island, with an incidence rate of 274.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the Caribbean nation.
Authorities in the Cuban capital are maintaining various restrictive measures, including limited circulation from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., as well as fines for those who do not wear masks or wear them incorrectly.
Duran also called on families to strengthen protection for minors, after 131 cases were reported among children, adolescents and young people.
The third wave of the pandemic on the island has led to measures such as the suspension of the school year and the closure of public places throughout the country.