Scotland battles “potential tsunami” of Omicron cases

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Scotland battles “potential tsunami” of Omicron cases ahead of Christmas.

The government in Scotland is battling to keep the number of cases of the omicron variant at bay in the run-up to Christmas. People have been encouraged to delay Christmas parties.

According to the government, a new paper shows that the omicron variant has increased transmissibility. The government report shows that: “Omicron cases will double every two to three days and are likely to account for more than half the cases within Scotland by next week.”


The report also highlights: “that a rapid rise in Omicron infections could put significant additional pressure on hospitals and other health and care services, close to the point in the winter when they are already likely to be at peak pressure.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented: “As the evidence paper makes clear, we are facing a renewed and very severe challenge in the shape of the Omicron variant.

“The much greater and faster transmissibility of this new variant means we may be facing a potential tsunami of infections.

“We must do all we can to break transmission chains, which is why we are acting now by changing isolation requirements and giving advice on work Christmas parties.

“I know that more restrictions could cause significant health, social and economic harms, especially after almost two years of this pandemic. But abiding by the new measures gives us the best chance of minimising further restrictions.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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