People wait for Abdala Covid-19 vaccine at art center converted to vaccination post in Hawaii, Cuba, July 9 | Photo: EFE / Ernesto Mastrascusa

Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel said on Thursday that the country’s health system was saturated due to thousands of cases of infection with the new coronavirus recorded in recent weeks. “The current situation of the pandemic has exceeded the capacity of the health system, straining the work of all staff,” said Díaz-Canel, during a meeting of the working group created to prevent and control the Covid -19, according to the official press.

Cuba currently has a cumulative incidence of 1,190 cases per 100,000 population over the past 15 days, placing the country at the top of the Americas and among the top five in the world in this regard. In recent days, on average, Cuba has recorded more than 8,000 positives and more than 70 deaths a day, while images of crowded hospitals in the worst-affected areas of the territory circulate on social networks.

Díaz-Canel stressed that the new peak of Covid-19 cases “overloads all health personnel, all agencies that support the fight against the pandemic, and also leads to increased consumption of drugs and oxygen”. Currently, Cuba is going through a serious economic crisis, which has caused widespread shortages, a worrying shortage of drugs, which has an impact on the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus.