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Cuba Halts All International Flights To Stem Spread Of Coronavirus

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Cuba has halted all international flights.

The suspension of flights between the U.S. and Cuba takes effect April 2.

Miami-Dade County is the largest international market for Cuba with 1.3 million total passengers annually and daily flights between Miami International Airport and the island nation.

"I am pleased that the Cuban government has responded to pressure from the United States to suspend all of its international flights, which included daily flights arriving in Miami-Dade County," said Mayor Carlos Gimenez. "Suspending travel to our community from Cuba will help us stop the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, Cuba's communist dictatorship has a long history of providing untrustworthy information filled with inaccuracies to the public."

The U.S. Embassy in Cuba advises U.S. citizens in Cuba who normally live in the United States to arrange for immediate return or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period, and that U.S. citizens with upcoming travel plans to Cuba must postpone their visits.

Last week, the island nation partially closed its borders which banned the arrival of tourists and departure of citizens

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So far, Cuba said it has 189 confirmed cases with six deaths and eight recoveries.

Officials have announced that the annual May Day celebration in Havana has been suspended.

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