Reuters slammed for saying Cuban protests 'risk exacerbating COVID-19 spike'

- FOX NEWS - JULY 15, 2021 - Joseph A. Wulfsohn -

Today's news contrasts what Reuters was reporting last summer when BLM protests were happening across the country

Reuters raised eyebrows on Wednesday for sounding the alarm on the coronavirus pandemic implications of the historic protests that have erupted in Cuba this week.

The newswire published a story with the headline "Cuban protests risk exacerbating COVID-19 spike - PAHO," citing concerns from the Pan American Health Organization over the contagious Delta variant that has spread globally that could infect Cubans and tourists.

"The gathering of individuals for protests... increases the risk of transmission, in particular in cases such as Cuba where you have active transmission in many areas over the last week and 34,244 new cases reported," PAHO director of health emergencies Dr. Ciro Ugarte, PAHO's director of health emergencies.

Reuters shared its story on Twitter, which sparked an intense backlash among media critics.

"This is a joke, right?" Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer reacted.

"Was this true of the sustained, nationwide protests of last summer as well?" journalist Glenn Greenwald asked.


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