HAVANA, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Cuba on Thursday reported 8,972 new cases of COVID-19 and 79 more deaths in the span of 24 hours, raising the total caseload to 554,247 and the pandemic death toll to 4,319 since the onset of the outbreak in March 2020.
"All the provinces have a positivity above 15 percent, except the western ones, Havana and Matanzas," the national director of hygiene and epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, Francisco Duran, said during his daily pandemic report.
Of the total number of new cases, 8,960 were the result of community transmission.
The hard-hit south-central province of Cienfuegos detected 1,172 of the new cases, registering the highest COVID-19 incidence rate in the country: 4,877.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The Cuban government is looking to accelerate its vaccination drive against COVID-19, which has so far immunized more than 27 percent of the population -- 3,066,844 people out of a total of 11.2 million -- with a three-dose vaccine.
Immunization is carried out with the Cuban-made vaccines Abdala, Soberana-02 and Soberana Plus, three of the five developed in Cuba. Enditem