BBC Scotland News reporting new case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19

By Bill Heaney

BBC Scotland News is reporting that a new case of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is not linked to the other nine detected in Scotland, the Scottish government has said.

The additional case, confirmed on Wednesday, is in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

Nine cases have been reported in previous days, with MSPs told that they were all linked to a single event.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday that it was “almost certain” that more cases would be detected.

A total of 10 infections with the Omicron variant have now been found in Scotland, along with several cases south of the border.

Linda Bauld, pictured top of page, a professor of public health at Edinburgh University said the new unlinked case was a sign Scotland was seeing some community spread of the new variant.

“It’s likely that we will see other cases. We don’t know where those first nine cases picked up the variant from – one of them obviously picked it up from somewhere else,” she told BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme.

“So it seems likely – as is the case elsewhere in the UK and a number of other countries around the world – there is some community spread, it’s just now we’re starting to detect it.”

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