Latest Omicron case has ‘no direct connection’ to others in Scotland
The tenth case of the Omicron variant identified in Scotland has no direct link to the previous nine cases which were linked to an event, the Scottish government has said.
Authorities said the nine cases in the Lanarkshire and Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) region identified earlier in the week were linked to an event on November 20.
Public Health Scotland on Wednesday recorded an additional confirmed case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the NHSGGC region.
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A Scottish government spokesperson said: ‘The affected person is in the NHS Health Council area of Greater Glasgow and Clyde and although there is no direct link to the event on 20 November which has linked to the previous nine cases, investigations are ongoing.
“As Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told Parliament on Tuesday, there was already a suspicion that some degree of community transmission of this variant was taking place in Scotland.
“However, there is no indication yet that the transmission of the new variant is sustained or widespread.”
Speaking in Holyrood on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was not asking people to put Christmas plans on hold for the time being after the Omicron variant emerged, but urged the Scots to take a test LFD before mixing with other households.
The Omicron variant has been reported in 23 countries, World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.