Cuba suspends the massive May 1 parade for the coronavirus



Cuba suspended the traditional and massive May Day parade as part of new measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus on the island, which has totaled 186 positive cases and six deaths as of Tuesday.

Since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959, this celebration had only been canceled twice: it was in 1994 and 1995 for economic reasons, in the midst of the difficult crisis known as the "Special Period".

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced the suspension of the popular parade during a government meeting to check the situation of COVID-19 and during which the president ordered to intensify the measures planned to stop its expansion, according to a television report. state.

The decision was made during a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party (PCC, sole legal) headed by its first secretary, Raúl Castro.

The single Central Union of Cuban Workers (CTC) will be in charge of proposing a way to celebrate the holiday that usually brings together millions of citizens on the island.

The celebration of Workers' Day is centered on a massive parade in the emblematic Plaza de la Revolución in Havana and the celebration is also replicated in the country's provincial capitals.

On March 19, the top leadership of the PCC had already decided to modify the "Plan of National Acts and Events" approved for 2020, with the aim of avoiding activities that involved the concentration of people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The XII Congress of the National Association of Small Farmers (Anap), scheduled for May 15 to 17, was also postponed.

The International Tourism Fair FitCuba -the most important in the sector-, the 11th congress of the Union of Young Communists and the National Baseball Series, as well as cultural and social activities, were also postponed.

The island is in a pre-epidemic phase due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Government, which has taken measures such as the closure of schools, the restriction of activities in non-essential sectors or the suspension of public events, among others, although still Home confinement has not been decreed.

As of today Cuba adds 186 cases of coronavirus, six deceased and keeps 2,837 people isolated in sanitary facilities, while another 27,139 remain under preventive surveillance in their homes, according to official data.

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