And, 5,789 miles away, Greece is seeing a new wave of Cubans seeking refuge in the country.
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Weekly Cuba News Roundup: December 3rd, 2021

Cuba, whose economy depends on tourism revenue, had recently eased restrictions to allow more tourists to visit the island. This week they made some quick policy changes courtesy of the Omicron variant. Now travelers from eight African countries will have to submit to three PCR tests, vaccination proof and a seven day quarantine. Travelers from other sub-saharan African nations and Belgium, Israel, Egypt, Hong Kong and Turkey will be required to take two PCR tests.

Here at home, a Biden admin source claims that the administration’s Cuba policy review was put on hold after the historic protests of July, 11th. It sounds like there’s a clear delineation between before and after, July 11th, 2021. So right now, even policies like travel and remittances, which many Cuban-Americans were hoping to have addressed early in the Biden administration, appear to be on hold. Oh, and Greece just became a popular landing spot for hundreds of Cubans seeking refuge. All this y más, in this week’s News Roundup.

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Reuters: Cuba to upgrade homegrown COVID-19 vaccine to confront Omicron

A nurse applies a dose of the Soberana-02 COVID-19 vaccine to a health worker, as part of Phase III trials of the experimental Cuban vaccine candidate amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Havana, Cuba, March 24, 2021. Photo: Ramon Espinosa / REUTERS

Cuban health authorities said that researchers in the communist-run country are upgrading its homegrown COVID vaccines to ensure protection against the new Omicron variant. Read more at reuters.com.

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NBC News: After historic protests, Biden ‘hit the pause button’ on Cuba policy, senior official says

Protesters shout slogans against the government in Havana on July 11, 2021. Photo: Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters

Washington’s policy toward Cuba, which has been under review for close to a year, “hit the pause button” after the historic protests that rocked the communist-run island July 11, a senior U.S. official said. Read more at nbcnews.com.

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FL Keys News: 18 migrants from Cuba arrive in the Florida Keys on a small wooden boat

A wooden boat is beached on the shores of the Middle Florida Keys city of Marathon Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. U.S. Border Patrol agents say the vessel carried 18 people from Cuba. Photo: U.S. BORDER PATROL

The significant rise in migration from Cuba to South Florida over the past 12 months shows no sign of slowing, with the arrival of 18 people from the island in the Keys on Monday morning, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. Read more at flkeysnews.com.

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Reuters: Cuba tightens restrictions on eight African countries over Omicron concerns

Immigration in Havana.

Cuba will ratchet up restrictions from Dec. 4 on passengers from certain African countries over concerns about the Omicron coronavirus variant, the country’s Communist-run government said on Monday. Read more at news.yahoo.com.

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Al Jazeera: ‘This is a new wave’: Hundreds of Cubans seek refuge in Greece

It is understood that hundreds of Cubans, who are mainly economic migrants, have arrived in Greece via plane to seek asylum Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP Photo

Greece has become a European port of call for refugees from Africa and Asia. But in recent months, authorities have been surprised to find large numbers of Cubans seeking shelter far from home. Read more at aljazeera.com.

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  • Juan Gonzalez and Senator Menendez are the most destructive voices in US policy on Cuba. They put US policy on hold from January 20th, Inauguration day, and by denying Cubans family remittances and hope of restoration of travel contributed to the violent confrontation that emerged on July 11th.

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