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Aussie state urges COVID caution on Christmas Day

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BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SYDNEY — Health officials in the Australian State of New South Wales (NSW) have urged those gathering with family and friends on Christmas Day to be mindful of a recent COVID-19 outbreak and take precautions to avoid potential transmissions.

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There were nine locally acquired cases of COVID-19 recorded in Sydney on Thursday, taking a recent outbreak on the city’s Northern Beaches to 104 total cases.

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BUENOS AIRES — Argentina’s Ministry of Health on Wednesday approved the use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 “on an emergency basis.”

This vaccine “is presented as a safe and effective therapeutic tool … to lower mortality, reduce morbidity and decrease the transmissibility of the disease,” said a resolution signed by the Minister of Health Gines Gonzalez Garcia.

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BEIJING — The Chinese mainland on Wednesday reported 17 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including six locally transmitted cases in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, the National Health Commission said Thursday.

Eleven of the new COVID-19 cases arrived from outside the mainland, the commission said in its daily report.

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TEGUCIGALPA — Honduras on Wednesday began to restrict entry of travelers from the United Kingdom and South Africa, where a new strain of the coronavirus has appeared, according to the National Risk Management System.

“For Hondurans and foreigners residing in the country who have stayed or transited in countries of the United Kingdom or South Africa in the past two weeks, mandatory quarantine of at least 14 days is established upon entering the country,” the agency said.

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