Cuba Eases Pandemic Surge

 As the Month of October Starts!!

October 1-2021

    Today -- on October 1, 2021 -- Cuba announced the latest COVID-19 statistics, which remain bad but sharply reduced in recent days as the island commences a massive vaccine campaign. As shown above, in the past 24 hours there have been 50 deaths {fallecidos} for a total of 7486 overall deaths in Cuba since the pandemic began in March of 2020. In the past 24 hours the most news cases, 985, have been registered in Pinar del Rio southwest of Havana, as you can see on the above map.
    Everyday this week Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has taken to the streets to discuss both the Pandemic and the U. S. Blockade with Cubans. Also on Television, Radio, and Social Media President Diaz-Canel has emphasized this message: "Despite what the massive U.S.-aligned media says, Cuba has important friends who are not bowing to what Miami and Washington dictate. Neither the pandemic nor the blockade will destroy your revolution or your family. We are not alone and you are not alone, but the most important support of our homeland comes from Cubans like you and these people with you."
     All week President Miguel Diaz-Canel has used his forums to remind the Cuban people: "Our vaccine efforts are enabling us to plan for the full reopening of the island's national hospitality industry by December 30th of this year, but already the many Melia and Iberostar hotel and resort properties are beginning to resume with careful and adequate health protocols."
     The Spanish Hotel and Resort giants -- Iberostar and Melia -- both back in September began international ads promoting the reopening of tourism for their luxurious properties in Cuba. Iberostar has 18 Cuban properties and Melia has 40.
      Cuba is awash with some of the world's best beaches...such as CAYO SANTA MARIA, which in 2021 has been listed as the Second Best Beach in the World by TripAdvisor. Cuba's most famous beach, Veradero, has been in past listings been named The Best Beach in the World. Iberostar and Melia 4-star and 5-star Hotels & Resorts are ubiquitous on Cuban beaches but also in historic cities such as Havana, Santiago, Trinidad, etc.
     While the U. S. media is obligated to report that Revolutionary Cuba will succumb to the twin perils of COVID-19 and the Blockade "any hour now," Cuba itself, as well as some important non-U. S. entities, are actually preparing for the Caribbean's Fall & Winter Tourism Season...and touting Cuba's beaches as more prized than nearby beaches, including those in Florida. As you can see below, the great London-based Reuters News Agency is not afraid to tell the world about Cuba's potential as a tourism mecca, despite the U. S. Blockade.
    In fact, the new airline World 2 Fly, which is owned by Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, has already started flying its planes like this one to prime Cuban tourist locations.

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