Significant outbreak of Covid-19 linked to music event

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A health board has identified a “significant outbreak” of COVID-19 linked to a concert.

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NHS Highland said a small number of cases linked to the Royal British Legion event in Nair on 27 November have now been identified as the Omicron coronavirus variant.

It said that the improved contact tracing has been done keeping in mind the guidance for managing a new version.

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Close contacts will be asked to isolate for 10 days, regardless of vaccination status and PCR test result.

The NHS Highland region has three Omicron cases out of 48 across Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government published on Sunday.

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NHS Highland said: “The Omicron version is a new COVID version that we are still learning about. Until more is known about it, we need to remain vigilant and do everything possible to stop the spread.

“As such, the current isolation advisory does not apply and close contacts will be asked to isolate for ten days irrespective of their vaccination status and PCR test result.

“Their families will also be asked to take additional action to try to reduce transmission within our communities.

“We are working closely with the staff of the Royal British Legion who are supporting the investigation into the outbreak.”

NHS Highland urged anyone who has participated in this program and has not yet been contacted by their health protection team or contact tracing team to contact the team on 01463 704886.

A post on the Royal British Legion Noir’s Facebook page on 3 December said the venue had been temporarily closed.

It said: “The Nair Legion is closed for a deep clean due to a COVID-related incident. Reopening Tuesday, December 7, 2021.”

NHS Highland urged people to follow guidance to keep themselves and others safe, including wearing face coverings on public transport and indoor dining and retail settings, taking regular lateral flow tests and washing hands regularly.

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