Latin America

Cuba has beaten the pandemic, but is getting beaten by sanctions

Cuba continues to lose billions every year due to U.S.-imposed sanctions. Nevertheless, the island has excelled in its coronavirus response

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Havana. Photo: Zoltan Varga/Shutterstock

On July 20, almost four months after the first Covid-19 case in Latin America, Cuba recorded its first day without a single new confirmed infection. With only 2,446 cases and 87 deaths — the fourth-lowest number in the region — Cuba is one of the few countries in the world which can realistically claim it is winning the war against the coronavirus. On the other hand, the nearby Dominican Republic — one of the fastest-growing economies in the region — has battled with 57,600 cases and 1,000 confirmed deaths.

But overcoming the virus in Cuba has not been an easy...

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