Camagüey, Feb 22.- As of 6:00 in the afternoon of this Monday, February 22, new measures will be applied to restrict circulation in the Camagüey capital and contain the dangerous spread of Covid-19 worsened in recent days.
The entry and exit of the city is prohibited except by authorization of the Provincial Defense Council, and the movement of people after 8:00 at night is also prohibited.
The streets Maceo and Avenida de la Libertad, will become special surveillance zones, as specified in a meeting of the Provincial Defense Council Daniel Fuentes Milanés, president of that structure in the main municipality. This means that the closure is not due to the number of positive cases of the virus in those places, but to the concurrence of the population, so it will not be possible to pass through them and only those who live there because of work or other will enter and leave. punctual need.
In Maceo and Avenida de la Libertad, therefore, all commercial and service activities, both state and self-employed, will close, and those that require it will be transferred to other places, such as banking or bakery activities.
Other access restrictions, such as the one on República Street, are still being evaluated with a view to a second time if necessary, since the trends in health indicators will be studied based on the new measures to verify their effectiveness.
This was guided by Ariel Santana Santiesteban, president of the command structure that approved in its most recent session the new decisions for the municipality, which remains in a phase of limited autochthonous transmission.
With regard to transportation, the urban public transport service will be paralyzed and only vehicles that are based on prioritized activities will circulate, with the proper passes that are already made.
The media that remain active will cover the essential demands of each of the sectors, bearing in mind that remote work should be promoted in all of them, so the numbers of workers to be transferred should be minimal.
To enter or leave the city, they will grant permanent passes for executives and officials who require it, and others for exceptional situations such as deceased or seriously ill, always through the Defense Council.
35 points located on the ring road, in around 40 kilometers, will control access to the provincial capital to prevent a further spread of Covid-19.
In addition, the measures already established in terms of education will be maintained, with the end of the course, the maintenance of the semi-boarding schools and essential open day care centers, and the health services, in which external consultations will not continue to be offered.
Contacts of contacts or suspects, with a negative antigen test and without epidemiological arguments, will be isolated in their residences with the supervision of the family doctor and nurse, and for the rest, isolation is maintained in the centers for that purpose.
On the other hand, the services of cafes, restaurants and wineries will be organized, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and those of the Cimex and Caribe stores, including MLC stores, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
At the meeting it was emphasized that queues made from previous days will not be accepted by the authorities of the stores for sales in MLC, only those made on the day will be accepted.
All these measures, with incidence in two districts of the city: Cándido González and Julio Antonio Mella, will be in force for a period of two weeks - or at least one in the case of closed central streets - from 6:00 pm of this Monday.
The president of the Provincial Defense Council Ariel Santana Santiesteban insisted that we must observe and evaluate the changes in the epidemiological situation, since the new actions are carried out with the purpose of lowering the levels of contagion in the province, and especially in the municipality Camagüey, due to the seriousness of its current indicators. (Text and photos: Dania Díaz Socarrás / Radio Cadena Agramonte)