Cuba prepares for the revival of tourism in Varadero after a week without deaths from coronavirus

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The Cuban authorities have underlined that the modernization works of Varadero, one of the main tourist attractions in the country, continue in progress with the intention of reopening it when they finish, after overcoming a week without deaths from coronavirus.

The delegate of the Ministry of Tourism in Varadero, Ibis Fernández, stressed that the new Varadero will have a new boulevard in the historic center that she hopes will be “an attraction in the restart of tourist activity”.

Fernández has advanced other innovations such as the creation of a Coffee House, which will join those of Rum and Tobacco, and a restaurant specialized in Russian food due to the growth of Russian tourists.

For his part, the main investor in the works of the new Varadero, Ramón Pupo Finalé, has indicated that the works are 40 percent complete, according to the planned schedule.

“Varadero is abuzz with people working, we will make it more beautiful and we do not renounce the purpose of achieving the category of best beach in the world,” said Fernández, according to the official newspaper ‘Cubadebate’.

Varadero and the rest of the island have been closed to tourism for 90 days due to the coronavirus pandemic, which leaves 2,191 cases and 83 people dead in the country, according to official data.

The president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, highlighted during a meeting of the working group created to fight against COVID-19 that was held on Saturday that, although in the last week new daily cases have increased slightly, there have been no more deaths .

“We have been without a death for a week, which means that the pandemic is under control,” noting that serious cases have also been reduced, “which is almost impossible.”

Díaz-Canel stressed that until the new infections are also stopped, Cuba will not enter “the recovery stage”. In order for that moment to come “in the shortest possible time,” he appealed to “personal and collective responsibility” calling for maintaining “discipline” in preventive measures against the coronavirus.

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