Venezuelan President thanks Russia for coronavirus vaccine supply

HAVANA, October 3. /TASS/: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked President Vladimir Putin and Russian citizens for the delivery of the first batch of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to the republic.

"Sputnik V is already here! We are the first country in the Western Hemisphere to begin phase 3 of the clinical trials of this vaccine against Covid-19. On behalf of the Venezuelan people, I thank President Vladimir Putin and the Russian people for their solidarity," he wrote on Twitter on Friday.

Cuban president denounces U.S. blockade in UN speech

HAVANA, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday condemned Washington's intensified economic blockade against the island nation. In his video address to the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Diaz-Canel also said that the current U.S. administration tries to discredit the Caribbean island's medical assistance as part of the global response to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.

Covid-19: Havana imposes curfew over surge in cases while schools reopen elsewhere in Cuba

HAVANA, Sept 2 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Pupils returned to school throughout much of Cuba on Tuesday after more than five months, although not in Havana where restrictions including a curfew went into effect due to a surge in coronavirus infections.

Authorities deemed the coronavirus outbreak contained enough in most of the island to be able to restart classes as long as pupils wear face masks, disinfect their hands upon arrival at school and sit at physically distanced desks.

U.S.-Cuba relations in deep freeze 5 years after thawing ties

HAVANA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Monday marks the fifth anniversary of restored diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States amid escalating U.S. blockade on the island.

The historic rapprochement spearheaded by former U.S. president Barack Obama in 2014 was soon rolled back by his successor, Donald Trump, who has ramped up sanctions against Cuba since taking office in 2017.

Cuba partially reopens borders to international tourists

HAVANA, July 2 (NNN-Xinhua) — Cuba partially reopened its borders to international tourists in keeping with measures adopted by the government as part of the country’s post-pandemic recovery plan.

On March 31, the Caribbean nation announced the suspension of international flights and asked international boats to withdraw from its territorial waters as a precautionary measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus nationwide.

Cuba’s first medical brigade combating coronavirus in Italy returns home

HAVANA, June 8 (NNN-Xinhua) — The 52-member medical brigade on a mission to help Italy’s Lombardy region combat the COVID-19 pandemic returned to Cuba on Monday.

The Cuban health workers were received as heroes. State TV Cubavision streamed live their flight status before landing, and thousands of locals waved to the health workers from balconies and portals.

Cuba Backs WHO After U.S. Announces Terminating Relationship

HAVANA, May 31 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) – The Cuban government declared, on Saturday, its full support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), after the United States announced it is terminating its relationship with the global organisation.

Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez wrote on his Twitter account that, Cuba lends “its full support” to WHO and its management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cuba receives donation from Chinese Communist Party

HAVANA, May 7 (NNN-Xinhua) — Cuba received a donation of medical supplies from the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee amid the Caribbean nation’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some 60,000 surgical face masks and 6,000 N95 face masks were handed over to Angel Arzuaga, deputy head of International Relations for the Communist Party of Cuba Central Committee, by Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Chen Xi at a ceremony at the warehouse of Cuban medical supplies distributing company ENSUME on the outskirts of capital Havana.

Venezuela says apprehended second ship with mercenaries

HAVANA, May 5. /TASS/: Venezuela’s law enforcement officers have apprehended eight people who tried to sneak into the country by sea. Venezuelan Prosecutor General Tarek William Saab reported Monday that they are mercenaries who could be linked to the attempt to invade Venezuela on Sunday.

"Our police officers are heading to the city of La Guaira [on the Caribbean shore] to convoy the new group of mercenaries who were going to the country aboard a ship and were detained [to Caracas]," he wrote on Twitter.

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