HAVANA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Cuban Ministry of Public Health reported four deaths and 650 new cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Sunday, a daily record since the pandemic first hit the country.
"650 new cases were diagnosed, the highest number we have had so far," said the ministry's national director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran.
The province of Guantanamo has become the epicenter of the disease, reporting 206 patients with COVID-19, with Havana maintaining stability with 153 cases, followed by Santiago de Cuba with 68.
"We are in a complex situation, with the provinces of Havana, Matanzas, Santiago de Cuba and Guantanamo in the local transmission phase," said Duran.
Cuba has registered 170 deaths and 18,151 cases of COVID-19 so far.