Cuba runs out of oxygen for COVID plague victims

propaganda photo “proving” the delivery of oxygen

From our Bureau of Socialist Efficiency

As the number of infections climbs — along with the number of deaths — Castro, Inc. has announced that they have run out oxygen.

The plant that produces oxygen is kaput, just like everything else run by Castro, Inc.

Castro, Inc.’s response to this crisis was to launch a propaganda campaign which features images of soldiers ferrying oxygen to the provinces. Yeah. All is well. Remain calm. And don’t even dare to suspect that those oxygen tanks in the photo above could be empty.

Once again, proof has been offered that the only thing that Castro, Inc. can do well is to spout propaganda…. and….oh, almost forgot…. they also excel at repression.

From Granma Euro-Lite (Reuters)

Cuba’s public health minister said on Sunday efforts were underway to restart the country’s main oxygen factory which had broken down even as the death toll from COVID-19 on Saturday reached 98, equal to the pandemic record.

Minister Jose Angel Portal’s appearance on the state’s mid-day news broadcast came as a Delta-driven surge in coronavirus cases and deaths swamped some provincial health services.

Daily cases are averaging between 8,000 and 9,000 and fatalities at nearly 1% of cases, low by international standards but high for Cuba which last year had a death rate of 0.67%.

As of Saturday Cuba had reported 577,668 cases and 4,023 deaths.

The health crisis, on top of an economic one that saw the economy fall 10.9% last year, and an additional 2% through June compared with the same period last year, has resulted in a scarcity of consumer goods and frayed nerves in the Communist-run country. Last month tens of thousands took to the streets in protest, the most serious unrest since the early days of the 1959 Revolution.

Residents and some medical staff have taken to social media complaining of treatment in a land that prides itself for the quality of its free health system.

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