The Scottish government says it has identified six cases of the Omicron version of COVID-19.
Two infections were found in the Glasgow and Clyde area and the other four were found in Lanarkshire.
Public Health Scotland and local authorities are now tracing the contacts of those infected, the government said in a statement.
Scotland’s health secretary, Hamza Yousef, said in the statement: “There is still much to learn about the Omicron variant. Questions remain about its severity, transmission potential and response to treatments or vaccines, and scientists cannot provide additional information.” To work at speed.
“We have already taken steps and are aligning with the new border restrictions being introduced by the UK government, which requires a complete PCR test within two days of arrival and self-isolation until a negative result is obtained. Vaccination will be required.
“These measures will be introduced at the earliest and will be placed under continuous review. However, we reserve the right to go ahead if necessary.
“We must now redouble our efforts to follow the basic rules that have served us well during the pandemic.
“If you have symptoms, self-isolate and do a test and if contacted by testing and safety or public health teams please cooperate.”
Mr. Yusuf urged people to get their booster jab when they are invited.
Omicron, or B.1.1529, was first recorded in mid-November in Botswana, southern Africa. It has an unusually high number of mutations in its spike protein – 32 – compared to the original COVID-19 strain.
The UK has now recorded a total of nine omicron infections. However, its native region is expected to be the source of most of these new infections and to replace Delta as the most dominant strain, suggesting that more cases may soon emerge in the UK.
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