The Scottish government has said that the tenth case of the Omicron version of the coronavirus identified in Scotland has no direct link to the previous nine, which were linked to an incident.
Officials have said the nine cases in the Lanarkshire region and Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) identified earlier in the week were linked to an incident on 20 November.
Public Health Scotland reported an additional confirmed case of the Omicron version of Covid-19 in the NHSGGC area on Wednesday.
All close contacts of suspected Omicron cases, regardless of their vaccination status, will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days.
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The affected person is in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area and with no direct link to the 20 November incident, which is linked to the previous nine cases, the investigation is ongoing.
“As First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Parliament on Tuesday, it was already suspected that there was some degree of community transmission of this version in Scotland.
“However, there is no indication yet that the transmission of the new version is either continuous or widespread.
“Public Health Scotland is working hard to identify any and all cases of Omicron in Scotland as quickly as possible.
“This increased surveillance gives us the best possible chance to quickly identify cases, break transmission chains and stop the spread while learning more about this type.”
The Scottish government said vaccination is “the most important line of defence” and also urged people to follow the “rigorousness” of all protections currently in place to prevent transmission.
First Minister Ms Sturgeon has said she is not asking people to stop Christmas planning at this time following the emergence of the Omicron version, but she urged people to do lateral flow tests before mixing them with other homes .
Booster vaccination is being extended to all people over the age of 18 and the interval between the second and third doses is being reduced to six to three months following the recommendation of the UK Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization.
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