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12/5/2021, 7:18 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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UK reports 50% increase in Omicron cases

The United Kingdom's Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported on Sunday that 86 new cases of the Omicron strain were detected in the UK, bringing the total to 246 from yesterday's 160.

The number is still a small fraction of the total 43,992 new cases reported for the day, although authorities are taking no chances with the reintroduction of measures such as pre-departure testing for international arrivals and face masks in indoor areas.

The UK government is still confident, however, that the new variant will not stop the country from celebrating the holiday season "the way we couldn't last year."

Baha Breaking the News (BBN) / IB