As Cubans try to battle the coronavirus with no medicine or soap and a decrepit and faltering socialist healthcare system, more than 500,000 residents on the island don’t have regular access to water. This is what socialism looks like in Cuba. This is socialism in action.
Preventive measures against coronavirus clash with the water crisis in Cuba
While sanitation authorities and state-run media insist on the necessity to increase hygienic measures to avoid infections from the novel coronavirus, more than 510,000 people have difficulty accessing water in Cuba. In some cases, the water only flows every seven or 8 days, according to a report by IPS Cuba.
“They tell me I have to wash my hands with soap and water often, keep the kitchen counter clean, wash all our food along with our clothes when we come back from being outside. But there isn’t enough water,” said a resident in Old Havana, one of the municipalities hardest hit by the situation.
Mariela Gomez shares a small apartment in the Cuban capital’s historic district with her mother-in-law, an elderly lady of 68, her husband who “works at the hospital and is hardly ever home,” and a four-year-old child “who is very active and doesn’t understand that he can’t play on the floor or be touching the dog as he had always done before.”
According to the National Institute of Water Resources (INRH), the shortage of water is affecting 469,000 in western Cuba, 23,000 in the central area, and 21,000 in the east, bringing the total up to 513,000.
Forecasts from the Meteorological Institute do not expect the rains in April or May to replenish the water supply and are calling for extreme conservation efforts.
The growing impact from the drought coincides with an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases on the island and the fist reported case of community transmission.
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