Omicron cases in Scotland rise to 29 with Steps concert linked to new outbreak

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Omicron Cases In Scotland Rise To 29 With Steps Concert Linked To New Outbreak Omicron Cases In Scotland Rise To 29 With Steps Concert Linked To New Outbreak
A Steps concert in Glasgow is linked to cases of the Omicron Covid variant. Photo: PA
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By Laura Paterson, PA Scotland

Omicron cases in Scotland have jumped by 16 in the past 24 hours to 29, with a concert among the sources.

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon warned they may rise “significantly” in the coming days as the variant is circulating in the community.

The update comes as Scotland recorded 16 coronavirus-linked deaths and 2,432 new cases in the past 24 hours.

 

Previously, nine Omicron cases were linked to a single private event, but Ms Sturgeon said there are now several sources of infections of the new variant, including a Steps concert at the Hydro in Glasgow on Monday, November 22nd.

Six cases are understood to be linked to this event, but the risk to attendees is said to be low.

Cases of the new variant have been recorded in Highland, Grampian and Forth Valley health boards for the first time, at three, one and five respectively.

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The health boards where the outbreak was first recorded, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire, have 11 and nine cases respectively.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The number of Omicron cases now being reported in Scotland is rising, and cases are no longer all linked to a single event, but to several different sources including a Steps concert at the Hydro on November 22nd.

“This confirms our view that there is now community transmission of this variant within Scotland. Given the nature of transmission we would expect to see cases rise, perhaps significantly, in the days ahead.

“However, health protection teams are continuing work through contact tracing, isolation and testing to slow the spread as far as possible while we learn more about the new variant’s impact. Ministers are also keeping the situation under daily review.”

Those who may have come into contact with the new variant at the Steps concert are being contacted.

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