FM statement

Six cases of Omicron variant detected in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon: addressing latest crisis

Six cases of the new Covid Omicron variant have been detected in Scotland.

The Scottish government said four cases have been found in Lanarkshire and two in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. It is thought there is no direct connection with overseas travel for at least some of the group.

Contact tracing is under way to establish the origin of the virus and find anyone else they have come into contact with in recent weeks.

The latest development will give further impetus to Nicola Sturgeon’s address to the SNP conference today when she is expected to warn of stricter foreign travel restrictions, and even travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

In an update this morning she urged employers to extend home working to employees and emphasised the need for a four nations approach in the UK. She called for all UK arrivals to quarantine for eight days. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected the plea.

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