The caravan and Covid information

A caravan travels along the Havana Malecón called for by the Union of Young Communists (UJC) to commemorate the events that occurred in the capital on August 5, 1994. While the caravan marches towards the 13 de Marzo park, located just north of the former presidential palace, Dr. Francisco Durán, head of the Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health, begins his Aug. 4 report: Today we have “elevated indicators,” he said.

The latest Covid-19 figures are alarming: 93 deaths for a total of 3,184. The provinces with the highest number of deaths: Havana with 11, Ciego de Ávila with 18, Cienfuegos with 13, and Holguín with 12. But we must highlight that during the first four days of August, 339 persons have died for an average of 84.7 per day. The number of positive cases is high: 8,399. The Incidence Rate in the last 15 days is 1,159.6 per 100 thousand inhabitants, and the positivity rate (Cuba): 18.1%; (Havana 9.6%). Above 5% is considered alarming, according to the WHO, as it reflects high circulation of the virus. And a record number have been admitted to Intensive Care units: 407 (257 serious, and 150 critical).

It’s worth asking: Why is a march called for when Cuba has been experiencing shocking numbers of daily Covid-19 cases for weeks? And of deceased compatriots… And with impressive dispersion numbers…

How come this is happening when the trend is not decreasing but increasing, according to official forecasts?