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Shortages, inflation frustrate Cubans struggling to get by

Cuba Daily Life
Posted at 1:58 PM, Feb 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-17 13:58:47-05

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.