Six cases of Omicron variant found in Scotland

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The Scottish Government has announced that six cases of the Covid-19 omicron variant have been identified in Scotland.

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Four cases are in the Lanarkshire region and two have been identified in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde region.

Public Health Scotland and local health protection teams are working together and conducting “advanced” contact tracing to establish the origin of the virus and anyone who may have come into contact with people in recent weeks.


All close contacts of suspected Omicron cases, regardless of their vaccination status, will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days.

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Until more is known, we should remain vigilant and do everything possible to reduce the risk of spreading the infection

Hamza Youssef, Scotland’s Health Secretary

Scotland’s Health Secretary Hamza Youssef said: “It will be a worrying time for the six people who have now been identified as having the new version. Everyone will receive expert help and support and Public Health Scotland will do better contact tracing in all cases.

“This will help establish the origin of the virus and any other persons who may have come in contact with them in recent weeks.

“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 are working at speed to provide additional information.

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“Until more is known, we must remain vigilant and do everything possible to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.”

The first two cases in the UK – in Nottingham and Essex – were announced on Saturday, while a third Omicron case was detected in the UK on Sunday in a person with travel links to southern Africa.

Britain will convene an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers on Monday to discuss the variant first detected in South Africa over concerns it could spread rapidly and partially escape current jabs.

Travelers arriving in the UK from 4am on Tuesday will be required to undergo a PCR test by the end of their second day from entry and isolate until they test negative, while 10 southern African countries have been added to the red travel list.

Mr Yusuf said: “We have already taken steps and are aligning with the new border restrictions being introduced by the UK government, which require thorough immunization to conduct PCR tests within two days of arrival. and self-isolate until a negative result is achieved.

“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 are also adopting an expanded Red List of countries identified by the UK Government. This will also be reviewed.”

He urged people to redouble their efforts to follow basic rules like wearing masks and washing hands and getting immunizations including their boosters if eligible.


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