Cuba criticises ‘media blockade’ around its Covid-19 record

Cuba Update 10 September 2020 Cuba criticises ‘media blockade’ around its Covid-19 record Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, has condemned the international media’s blackout on the country’s progress against the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the fact that the island is the only one in Latin America to have a vaccine candidate, little information about this has been shared: “Ignoring or censoring successes is part of the media blockade,” he tweeted. On 20 August, just before Cuban television was about to livestream a programme about the start of trials for Cuba’s COVID-19 vaccine, YouTube management disabled a Cuban news channel’s broadcast of the discussion. Read the full report of Bruno Rodriguez’s statement What media moguls don’t want you to know: Youtube and Google attack Cuba and Venezuela Students begin phased return to school under strict hygiene measures Hundreds of thousands of students returned to schools in central and eastern Cuba on 1 September wearing mandatory masks and received by health workers at their school gates. However, 355,000 students in Havana and a few other towns in the west of the island remain at home following an increase in COVID-19 cases in some provinces. School start times will be staggered to avoid all years moving around buildings together. Secondary and higher education timetables have also been scheduled on alternate days so that they can be used by nearby primary schools to ease the...

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