Cuba begins imposing restrictions on flights, travellers

Readjustments of operations at José Martí International Airport in Havana

HAVANA, Feb 7th (IANS) Cuban health authorities have started imposing restrictions on commercial flights and inbound travellers,

who will have to submit to a period of isolation and testing to prevent further transmission of the novel coronavirus .

The facilities now present in all Cuban provinces where travellers will be quarantined are ready, the government reported on Saturday at a meeting of the temporary working group for the prevention and control of pandemic, headed by President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Starting from Saturday, travellers arriving in Cuba will be kept in isolation centers until the results of their PCR tests arrive, reports Xinhua news agency.

Additionally, on Saturday, the frequency of flights from the S, Mexico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Colombia was reduced.

The resumption of increased flights from Nicaragua, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname will also be suspended, while arrivals from Haiti will be suspended.

Operations at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, the largest in the country, have been limited to Terminal Three.

Cuba has registered a total of 233 coronavirus deaths and 32,011 confirmed cases to date.