COVID-19: Nine Omicron Variant Cases Discovered In Scotland All Linked To Single Private Event Held On November 20

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The nine cases of the Omicron COVID variant that have been identified in Scotland are all linked to a single private event that took place on November 20, said Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking to Holyrood, Scottish prime minister said contact tracing has been carried out and more cases are expected to emerge in the coming days – but this community transmission may still be “limited” due to the restricted nature of the event.

None of the nine people who contracted virus have so far required hospital care, Mrs. Esturgeon added.

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Nicola Sturgeon said it was ‘unlikely’ that the nine cases of the new Omicron variant identified in Scotland were linked to the COP26 climate summit

She also told MSPs that any possible link between the new cases of the Omicron variant and the COP26 Glasgow climate summit is under investigation, but timing means it is ‘unlikely’.

The climate conference took place from October 31 to November 13.

Addressing the Scottish Parliament, the Prime Minister said: ‘None of these people – to our knowledge – have recent travel history or known connections to others who have traveled to southern African countries where the variant was initially detected.

“However, while the contact tracing exercise is still ongoing, health protection teams have established that the nine cases are linked. They all date back to a single private event on November 20.

“Indeed, we expect that there will be more cases identified over the next few days that are also linked to this event. “

Ms Sturgeon added: “Given the nature and scale of COP26, the monitoring work carried out by Public Health Scotland is also examining any potential links to it.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a press briefing on Saturday after two cases of the new Omicron variant were detected in the UK

“At this point, however, there is no evidence of such a link, and, while it is not impossible that such an emerges, I think the delays involved make it unlikely. “

There are now 14 confirmed cases of the new Omicron variant in the UK, nine of which have been identified in Scotland.

The premier said that instead of putting in place new public health protections, she called on the public to “strengthen and dramatically increase compliance with existing protections.”

Ms Sturgeon also stressed once again her wish for the rules on international travel to be tightened up across the UK.

The Scottish and Welsh governments are urging Prime Minister Boris Johnson to tighten UK travel restrictions even further in response to the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

In a joint letter to Mr Johnson on Monday, Ms Sturgeon and Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford called for an emergency COBRA meeting to be held ‘as soon as possible’ due to the latest COVID-19[feminine[feminine development.

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced Monday that all adults will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine

The Prime Minister responded to the discovery of the variant – which was first detected in South Africa and is feared to pose a higher risk of transmission – by reintroducing certain restrictions and banning travel within the region. most of southern Africa.

Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have all been added to the UK’s travel red list during of the weekend.

But, under the new rules that came into effect today, fully vaccinated people entering the UK from all other destinations are only required to self-isolate until they are provided with a negative result of a PCR test carried out before the end of the second day after their arrival. .

Ms Sturgeon and Mr Drakeford want these travel rules to be tightened further and have used their letter to demand that people entering the UK be asked to self-isolate for eight days, with the reintroduction of a PCR test on the eighth day after their arrival.

It comes as the head of drugmaker Moderna has said he believes the Omicron variant is “highly infectious” and it is “highly possible” that the effectiveness of the vaccines will decrease.

The CEO of the creator of the COVID vaccine, Stéphane Bancel, said the new strain is overtaking Delta in South Africa at a faster rate than before.

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More than 25 million Britons will be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine in the coming months under the new plan.

New measures introduced by Mr Johnson on Tuesday also include making face covering mandatory in shops and on public transport.

On Monday it was announced that all adults will be offered a COVID-19[feminine[feminine booster vaccine as the government supported a large-scale expansion of the jabs program to deal with the potential impact of the Omicron variant.

The United Kingdom vaccine advisory body – the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization (JCVI) – recommended the following measures, which Health Secretary Sajid Javid later confirmed would be accepted by the government “in their entirety”:

• Booster jabs for all people over 18 years old

• Shorten the interval between a second jab and a booster from six months to three months

• Give children ages 12-15 a second shot – again after at least three months

• Severely immunocompromised people have access to another booster – which for some means a fourth dose this winter

• Boosters consisting of either a Pfizer vaccine or a half-dose of the Moderna vaccine

MPs must vote on new restrictions Tuesday afternoon.

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