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Raúl presides meeting to analyze the country’s situation

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During the morning of April 17, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, presided a meeting to analyze the country’s situation and review implementation of the COVID-19 prevention and control plan.

Also evaluated was the impact of the pandemic on the economy’s performance and measures adopted to minimize effects on the population.

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Communist Party of Cuba congratulates SWAPO on its 60th anniversary

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In a message bearing “the most sincere congratulations,” the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba congratulated the People’s Organization of Southwest Africa (SWAPO), on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its foundation. The missive recalls “the sacrifice of thousands of African and Cuban heroes and martyrs,” as a fundamental element in the forging of relations between the two parties.

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Solidarity and love for one’s neighbors defeat the blockade’s barriers

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The United States has not been able to control COVID-19. The Donald Trump administration did not react in time, played down the reality, and as a result more than 34,000 people have died. Yet the government finds time to attack Cuba.

The U.S. blockade of Cuba, the longest in history anywhere, has been maintained and tightened to limit the Cuban health system’s access to essential inputs to confront the deadly SARS CoV-2. Nonetheless, medical education on the island has overcome the barriers that have been erected by successive U.S. administrations, and which Trump has set out to reinforce.

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Only socialism saves!

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Contemplating the painful global panorama as the pandemic advances seemingly unstoppable, claiming thousands of lives; unburied corpses on the street with no space in funeral homes or private cemeteries; forcing doctors to violate their oath and choose who will die; tens of thousands of workers idle, halting the senseless commercial frenzy that never appeared so alien to us; and straining health systems to the point of collapse, it may not seem important to focus on what is happening in Cuba.

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The COVID-19 pandemic makes clear the need to cooperate despite political differences

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The impact of COVID-19 can already be measured and will be assessed in the future by the striking numbers of people infected, the unacceptable numbers of deaths, the unquestionable damages to the world economy, production, trade, employment and personal income of millions of people. It is a crisis that goes well beyond the scope of health. The pandemic has emerged and spread amidst a scenario previously marked by overwhelming economic and social inequalities within and among nations

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Capitalism provides what is superfluous, while socialism provides what is necessary

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Italian Communists send message to Raúl and Díaz-Canel, expressing gratitude for Cuba’s support in the fight against COVID-19 in their country, adding, “Also in Italy it has been understood that capitalism provides what is superfluous, while socialism provides what is necessary”. Expressing gratitude for the assistance being provided by a brigade of Cuban doctors in the Italian region of Lombardy the Italian region most affected.

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Battle against COVID-19, a priority for the Cuban government

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President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz lead daily meetings in Revolution Hall, to review in detail the COVID-19 situation on the island. Speaking at a recent meeting, the President referred to medical discharges of recovered patients, saying, “These are lives that have been saved.” “I believe,” he said, “that this call the population itself is making, is one we must all support.”

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Continue work to combat COVID-19 with rigor and precision

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President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez called to continue work to contain the virus with great precision and rigor – and the support of the population – since the success of our efforts to confront the pandemic depend on these principles, during the March 31 meeting of the Cuban government, to review the COVID-19 situation in the country, make decisions to advance the effort, and evaluate those made previously, as has become the norm every afternoon.

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News from a community in quarantine

Covid Pinar del Río

Just like the rest of Cuba, residents of the Camilo Cienfuegos community go out onto their balconies at nine o’clock every night, to applaud heath care workers fighting COVID-19. This simple tribute to those who care for our people and risk their lives in other latitudes – wherever they are requested, given the confidence Cuban health professionals inspire worldwide – is the only time they can see each other, or at least hear each other, in this small town in Pinar del Rio, which was placed in quarantine March 31.

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Cuba musicians offer concerts online, on radio and television

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With the performance of Cuban singer-songwriter Eduardo Sosa, the joint transmission of online concerts #EstamosContigo#MusicosPorCuba began March 25, an initiative in which several cultural institutions of the country are participating, to support stay-at-home efforts to stem the spread of the new coronavirus SARS CoV-2. The Ministry’s digital platforms, based in Havana, are linked with Santiago de Cuba, to broadcast encouraging messages from musicians in the eastern part of the country, as well.