This was one of the deciding factors for the Scottish government in deciding to keep Glasgow in a higher lockdown level, the Record can reveal.
A source said that six patients – who received the vaccine – are currently being treated for complications suspected to be related to the variant which has been fatal in India.
The high profile source said: “At least one person has received two doses. This is part of the reason for the concern. “
Some are said to be treated in hospitals in Glasgow.
The revelations come as Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday took action to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the city and region of Moray by halting the easing of the lockdown in both areas.
Amid fears of the Indian variant spreading in Glasgow, she announced that she and Moray would remain at Level 3 for at least a week – affecting around 700,000 people.
The rest of the country is eagerly awaiting more freedoms with a level 2 move on Monday, which includes alcohol consumption in pubs and restaurants and the ability to visit people inside their homes. Sturgeon said travel to the two areas should be made for essential reasons only with the aim of stopping transmission to other parts of the country.
The epicenter of the Glasgow outbreak is in the Prime Minister’s constituency on the south side.
After meetings with public health teams in both areas, Sturgeon announced the “regrettable” decision to keep the two areas under stricter rules.
It was predicted earlier in the week that Moray would remain at Level 3, but the rapid spread in Glasgow was more sudden and Sturgeon admitted the decision was made “in the last hour or so”.
Speaking in Parliament yesterday, she said: “I know it will be disappointing for residents and businesses in Moray.
“However, in my opinion it is wise, albeit difficult, to be careful now to allow Moray to move more confidently to level 2 rather than relaxing the restrictions and risking having to roll back later.” .
Sturgeon added: “The Scottish government is applying similar reasoning in Glasgow, which I have to say is even more worrying at this point.
“In the latest data, the number of cases per 100,000 is 80 and the test positivity rate is 3.5%. These two measurements indicate an increase in the level of infection in Glasgow.
“However, an additional and very important factor in Glasgow is that there is some evidence to suggest that the epidemic which is centered in the south of the city is caused by the so-called Indian variant. “
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She said she knew how disappointing keeping Glasgow at Level 3 would be, but said that “an urgent break for a few days will hopefully avoid a situation where we will have to impose even more restrictive measures over the course of for the next few weeks ”.
Andrew McRae, policy chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses of Scotland, said the news was “overwhelming” for businesses and their customers. He added: “The damage of this change, especially in Glasgow, is exacerbated by the delay of this announcement.
“It means wasted inventory, disappointed customers and increased debt. While the proposed action may or may not be necessary, pushing it back until the game ends on a Friday will further undermine independent businesses. “
Mario Gizzi, owner of the DRG group which owns brands such as Di Maggio’s and Cafe Andaluz, called it “utter shame”.
He said: “Not only were our plans tossed around, but it was done the last thing on a Friday night. At one of our locations, The Citizen in Glasgow, we spent over £ 6,000 on staff costs to get ready and pretty much the same on fresh produce. As a stand-alone unit, all of this food will be wasted and cannot be transferred to another restaurant. This is
scandalous to see these extremely damaging decisions made by people who have no idea how the hospitality industry works.
The Scottish government has said businesses affected will receive additional financial support of up to £ 750 per week, which Gizzi called a ‘joke’.
During this time, fans confirmed by the SFA will not be allowed to participate in the Scottish Cup final. Next Saturday’s clash, between Hibs and St Johnstone, will be placed in an empty stadium – despite initial plans to host 600 fans there.
Previously, Dr Deepti Gurdasani had warned that measures had to be taken to prevent the situation from worsening due to concerns about the spread of the new Indian variant and a “loss of control”.
The clinical epidemiologist and senior lecturer at Queen Mary University in London said: ‘Across Scotland we have actually seen the number of new cases double in the last week.
“This is what the first exponential increases look like and we are seeing a loss of control of the pandemic in many areas of
Scotland… and other countries will follow unless action is taken to prevent this and anticipate it now.