Scotland: Rising Covid circumstances are Omicron variant
Round 4 per cent of Covid-19 circumstances in Scotland are more likely to be the brand new Omicron variant, with that determine “steadily rising”, Nicola Sturgeon has mentioned.
Scotland’s First Minister mentioned the “actually regarding improvement” from the most recent variant meant all present restrictions would stay within the nation and additional measures similar to an extension to vaccine passports couldn’t be dominated out.
Contact tracing will now be enhanced in Scotland, with family contacts of shut contacts of constructive circumstances informed to check and isolate.
She informed employers that if they’d workers working from residence firstly of the pandemic they need to allow them to take action once more till the center of January.
Talking within the Scottish Parliament, Ms Sturgeon mentioned there was greater than a tenfold enhance in Omicron circumstances during the last week.
A complete of 28 new circumstances have been recorded prior to now 24 hours, taking the general quantity to 99.
“A nonetheless low – at round 4 per cent – however steadily rising proportion of circumstances additionally now present the S gene drop out that, as I mentioned a second in the past, is indicative of Omicron,” she mentioned.
“Our estimate at this stage is that the doubling time for Omicron circumstances could also be as brief as two to 3 days, and that the R quantity related to the brand new variant could also be effectively over 2.”