Six cases of Omicron Covid variant linked to Steps concert at Glasgow’s Hydro

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that an increase in Omicron cases are linked to the Steps concert at Glasgow’s Hydro on November 22, along with other sources

Steps concert at Glasgow's Hydro on November 22 has been linked to the 16 new Omicron cases
A Steps concert at Glasgow’s Hydro on November 22 has been linked to the 16 new Omicron cases

Six cases of the new Omicron Covid variant have been linked to a Steps concert in Glasgow.

The concert took place on November 22 at the SSE Hydro, but as of yet, no cases have been linked to the concert that happened the following day.

Scottish officials confirmed that there had been 16 new cases of the variant recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the overall number to 29.

It was confirmed by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, that the Steps concert, as well as some other sources, are linked to the rise in Omicron cases.

Leaders have said that while the risk to those who were at the show is low, they were working to get in touch with anyone who may have come into contact with the strain of the virus.

No cases have been linked to the other Steps concert which took place on November 23
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No one from the concert needs to isolate unless they are contacted to do so.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister 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 22.

“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.

Authorities are working to contact anyone at the concert who may have come into contact with the new strain
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“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.”

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.

Previously, nine cases of Omicron were linked to single private event a few weeks ago on November 20.

No one at the concert needs to isolate unless contacted to do so
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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is now home to 11 cases, while NHS Lanarkshire has nine.

The latest figures state that over the last 24 hours, Scotland has had 16 recorded coronavirus-related deaths along with 2432.

This brings Scotland’s total deaths to 9634 with 46 people in intensive care since Wednesday night.

So far, 4,350,133 people have received their first COVID vaccine, 3,954,992 have had their second, and 1,790,728 have been given a third dose or booster.

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