Grocery shopping has become an increasingly costly and arduous struggle for many people in Cuba.
The pandemic, inefficient production, government controls and U.S. economic sanctions have aggravated an economic crisis.
A drastic drop in crucial tourism income caused by COVID-19 helped spur the government last year to adopt reforms it had long considered.
Those included elimination of an inefficient dual currency system.
But adoption of a single currency for all, along with shortages, led within a few months to sharply increased prices for many goods that weren’t matched by the simultaneous rise in salaries.