Live COVID-19 updates: More than 100 new cases of Omicron variant identified in UK

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BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HAVANA -- Cuban health authorities on Monday began the massive application of booster vaccine doses against COVID-19 for Havana residents with the home-grown Abdala vaccine.

During the first phase of the campaign, people living in four out of the city's 15 municipalities will be offered booster shots.

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BOGOTA -- Travelers wishing to enter Colombia must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or a vaccination certificate starting on Dec. 14, Health Minister Fernando Ruiz announced on Tuesday.

The PCR test must be performed 72 hours in advance, while the last COVID-19 vaccine dose must have been applied at least 14 days before the travel, the minister said in a statement.

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OTTAWA -- Ontario, Canada's most populous province with a population of 14 million, announced on Tuesday to extend its pause of the reopening plan indefinitely as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

The Ontario government said it will continue to monitor trends in public health and learn more about the Omicron variant. At least 13 cases of the Omicron variant have reportedly been confirmed so far in Ontario.

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LONDON -- A further 101 cases of the Omicron COVID variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 437, British health authorities confirmed Tuesday.

The early indications are that the Omicron variant of coronavirus is more transmissible than Delta, said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he updated his team of ministers on the latest COVID-19 situation at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Tuesday reported 22,687 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 8,943,837, according to its health ministry.

The death toll from the virus in Turkey rose by 198 to 78,215, while 24,366 more people recovered in the last 24 hours. Enditem

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