Ap and Prensa Latina

La Jornada newspaper
Wednesday, September 1, 2021, p. 27

Havana. Face-to-face classes in Cuba will not begin today, as planned, but will be broadcast on television starting next week, educational authorities reported yesterday.

Presence will return as children and adolescents begin to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in September.

It has been considered, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Health, that students will develop teaching activities, face-to-face, as soon as they are vaccinated, said the minister of the branch Ena Elsa Velázquez, in a meeting reported by the official website Cubadebate.

When students began their summer vacations in July, Velázquez reported that schools would open on September 1, but in recent weeks a Covid-19 outbreak became difficult to control with the arrival of the delta variant.

In Cuba, health and education are public, as are the media, and television was used last year to broadcast classes, which were suspended from March to October.

In January, face-to-face classes were again interrupted due to the outbreak caused by the opening of airports and a relaxation of social distance measures. Currently the island is semi paralyzed and limited transport, as well as public administration and commerce.

Cuba develops a massive vaccination campaign for people over 19 years of age with its own products Soberana 02, Soberana Plus and Abdala, and carries out pediatric clinical trials that are in their last phases and have an emergency use request to generalize their use.

The director of Epidemiology of Cuba, Francisco Durán, said yesterday that until yesterday a total of 652 thousand 855 positive cases have been reported on the island since the pandemic began, of which 5 thousand 303 died.

In the last week there was a small decrease in infections, but the authorities called not to lower the perception of risk, because even provinces such as Pinar del Río, Cienfuegos and the capital have many cases.

In another matter, President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated Cubans living abroad for rejecting the hostile policies of the United States, highlighting the marches against the blockade in Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, New York, Washington and Chicago .