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Steps concert linked to rise in Omicron cases in Scotland

Steps concert linked to rise in Omicron cases in Scotland
Steps concert linked to rise in Omicron cases in Scotland

Omicron cases in Skottland have jumped by 16 in the past 24 hours to 29, with a concert among the sources.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned they may rise “significantly” in the coming days as the variant is circulating in the community.

The update comes as Scotland recorded 16 coronavirus-linked deaths and 2,432 new cases in the past 24 timer.

Given the nature of transmission we would expect to see cases rise, perhaps significantly, in the days ahead

Nicola Sturgeon

Tidligere, nine Omicron cases were linked to a single private event, but the First Minister said there are now several different sources of infections of the new variant, inkludert a Steps concert at the Hydro in Glasgow on Monday November 22.

Six cases are understood to be linked to this event, but the risk to attendees is said to be low.

Cases of the new variant have been recorded in Highland, Grampian and Forth Valley health boards for the first time, at three, one and five respectively.

The health boards where the outbreak was first recorded, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire, have 11 and nine cases respectively.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The number of Omicron cases now being reported in Scotland is rising, and cases are no longer all linked to a single event, but to several different sources including a Steps concert at the Hydro on November 22.

"Dette bekrefter vårt syn på at det nå er fellesskapsoverføring av denne varianten i Skottland. Given the nature of transmission we would expect to see cases rise, perhaps significantly, in the days ahead.

"Derimot, health protection teams are continuing work through contact tracing, isolation and testing to slow the spread as far as possible while we learn more about the new variant’s impact. Ministers are also keeping the situation under daily review.”

Those who may have come into contact with the new variant at the Steps concert are being contacted.

Attendees do not need to isolate, unless asked to by Test and Protect or if they develop symptoms.

The coronavirus death toll under the daily measure, of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 dager, er 9,634 across Scotland.

The daily test positivity rate was 7.6%, according to data published by the Scottish Government on Friday, opp fra 7.4% the previous day.

Det var 652 people in hospital with recently confirmed Covid-19 as of Wednesday night, ned 28 i 24 timer og, av disse, 46 people were in intensive care, down two.

Så langt, 4,350,133 people have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination, 3,954,992 have had a second, og 1,790,728 have been given a third dose or booster.