COVID-19: Three more cases of Omicron variants identified in Scotland – bringing UK total to 14

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Three more cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant have been identified in Scotland, bringing the UK total to 14.

Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said there were now five cases in the Lanarkshire area and four in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

Scotland hosted South Africa in an international rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on November 13, but Mr Yousaf said there was no evidence of a connection to the business Omicron.

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The variant was first detected in South Africa

“There is nothing to indicate that these cases or that this new variant arrived via rugby or COP26 but this work is of course still in progress,” he told BBC Good Morning Scotland.

Some of the cases are unrelated to travel, suggesting a level of community transmission.

Last night two unrelated cases were reported in London – one in Camden and the other in Wandsworth. Both have “links to travel to southern Africa.”

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A case in Brentwood, Essex, which was announced on Saturday, has been linked to an elementary school.

The other cases took place in Nottingham, Westminster and Brentwood in Essex.

First identification by researchers in southern Africa, the international community is increasingly concerned about the new Variante Omicron COVID-19.

However, an expert told Sky News “we don’t need to worry too much” about the possibility of another lost Christmas.

Speaking to Sky’s Kay Burley, immunologist Professor Paul Moss said we’ll need at least three weeks to assess the severity of the new strain.

“We will know a lot more before Christmas,” he said.

The UK called a “urgent” meeting of G7 health ministers Monday, and a many countries have reimposed travel restrictions.

Boris Johnson will hold a press conference this afternoon, laying out more details of the government’s plan for the roll-out of the booster vaccine.

As part of a package of measures slow down the spread of the variant, all adults will now be offered a booster vaccine against the coronavirus, children over 12 will receive a second dose and severely immunocompromised will receive a fourth vaccine – while the gap between the second vaccine and the booster has been reduced.

We do not yet know much about B.1.1.529including whether or not it is more contagious or resistant to vaccines.

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However, additional steps – including reintroduction of wearing a mask in certain settings from today – it is hoped to give scientists more time to acquire a a better understanding of the strain.

And of 4 a.m. on Tuesday, all UK arrivals will be having to take an expensive PCR test on the second day and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

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