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Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba's Vaunted Health System Is Reeling

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A doctor checks a mans blood pressure before inoculating him with the Cuban-made Abdala vaccine in Havana.

Cuban president Miguel Daz-Canel Bermdez recently acknowledged that the pandemic exceeded the capacity of Cuba's health care system.

Credit: Yamil Lage/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Cuba's health care system, long a source of national pride, is in acute distress, particularly in distant provinces.

After fending off the coronavirus last year, Cuba has been ravaged this summer by the highly contagious Delta variant, which has sent case rates soaring and swamped the country's medical system.

More than 9,700 new cases were reported Monday, more than six times the number of new cases just two months ago, according to Ministry of Health figures.

Oxygen supplies for Covid-19 patients are running low, and the factory that produces the nation's canisters is currently shut down.


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