Scottish Omicron cases all linked to one ‘private event’, says Sturgeon

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All 9 cases of the Omicron variant successful Scotland hint backmost to a “single backstage event” held connected 20 November, Nicola Sturgeon has told the Holyrood parliament successful her play Covid update.

The archetypal curate told MSPs that each 9 were tested connected oregon astir 23 November and that nary had truthful acold required infirmary care, nor had they immoderate caller question past to the countries successful confederate Africa wherever the variant was primitively detected.

Earlier connected Tuesday, Scotland’s wellness minister, Humza Yousaf, confirmed 3 much cases of the Omicron variant had been identified, raising the full to 5 successful Lanarkshire and 4 successful Greater Glasgow and Clyde wellness boards, arsenic questions continued to beryllium raised astir however the variant came to Scotland, with peculiar scrutiny astir the clime acme held successful Glasgow implicit the archetypal fortnight successful November and the Scotland v South Africa rugby lucifer astatine Murrayfield connected 13 November.

Sturgeon said wellness extortion teams had established that each 9 cases were linked to the backstage lawsuit connected 20 November, adding that she “fully expected” much related cases to beryllium identified successful the coming days.

But she added: “There is truthful acold thing successful the wider look-back workout that Public Health Scotland has undertaken to suggest that assemblage transmission of the caller variant is either sustained oregon widespread.”

That look-back workout has examined PCR trial samples dating backmost to 1 November to place immoderate with the S cistron dropout, which is indicative of though not conclusive grounds of the Omicron variant.

She besides stressed that determination remained nary grounds that the cases were linked to the Cop26 clime league successful Glasgow.

Sturgeon besides told MSPs that her authorities did not program to present caller restrictions astatine this stage, pointing retired that “some protections that the UK authorities has announced successful caller days successful narration to England – for illustration a request to deterioration look coverings successful immoderate settings – are already successful place, and successful information much extensive, present successful Scotland”.