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Tragedy! Steps concert blamed for Omicron covid spike – at least six cases linked to event


Six out of a total of 29 Omicron cases recorded in Scotland as of Thursday are linked to the Steps concert that took place in November at Glasgow’s Hydro arena.

Scotland has recorded nearly 30 cases of the new variant, which was first detected in South Africa early last week and has put nations across the globe on high alert.

More than half of those, 16, were reported in the past 24 hours out of a total of 2,432 new coronavirus cases.

According to the latest government figures, there have been 16 coronavirus-linked deaths in the same timeframe, leading up to a total of 9,634 deaths within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 in the country.

Nine of Scotland’s Omicron cases had previously been linked to a single source, a private event.

Now, however, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed there are several sources of infections of Omicron.

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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.

“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 to 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.”

The government said the risk to those who attended the concert that night is nevertheless low, and those who may have come into contact with Omicron are being contacted by test and protect teams.

The band on Monday postponed the rest of their show due to positive Covid cases in their touring party.

One of the positive cases, it was revealed, was singer Lee Latchford-Evans.

Steps wrote in a statement: “We are so disappointed to postpone these shows as we were really looking forward to performing for you all.”

On Friday, the daily test positivity rate in Scotland was 7.6 percent, up from 7.4 percent from Thursday.

Scottish government figures also show 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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