Partial lockdown imposed on Havana’s entertainment district

The Provincial Defense Council in Havana imposed lockdown measures starting Friday evening on Carmelo, a novel coronavirus-hit area in the Vedado district, Cuban daily newspaper Granma reported.

“Carmelo has reported eight confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the largest number for a people’s council in Havana,” local authorities were quoted as saying.

With some 30,000 inhabitants, the quarantined area stands alongside a section of Havana’s iconic sea promenade, an entertainment district in the city where a considerable number of hotels, hostels, bars and tourist attractions are located.

The decision was made at a daily governmental meeting amid efforts to stem the spread of the epidemic in Cuba’s capital.

Public transport will be suspended and only a few residents will be allowed to go in and out of the area, according to the report.

According to local authorities, vulnerable people will be assisted by social workers and access of locals to basics will be guaranteed.

Plaza de la Revolucion municipality in Havana, covering 11.8 square km, is divided into eight people’s councils, including Carmelo.

Earlier this week, a 1,300-inhabitant settlement in the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio, some 130 km away from Havana, went into lockdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Cuba has reported six deaths from the coronavirus as confirmed cases stood at 233 as of Thursday.