Scientists are “investigating” 75 possible cases of the new variant in the UK along with a further “150 other” potential cases.
According The Sun newspaper sources have said that there are fears in Whitehall that there could be hundreds of cases across the UK of the new variant called Omicron.
Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chair of the JCVI, was asked on BBC Breakfast over the six cases discovered in Scotland.
He said, “I think it’s almost inevitable that we’re going to see many, many more cases than we’ve seen before.
“The key question is whether this virus has a transmission advantage over the Delta, which is the prevalent virus at the moment.
“Vaccines can do heavy lifting, but they can’t do all the lifting and actually social distancing measures, that’s wearing face masks, distancing, ventilation… and measures like that are important as well.
“So I think we will see some more of these measures and I know the Government have announced face masks in public transport already and that may be extended, but we’ll just have to wait and see whether this Omicron virus takes a big hold in this country and how big a problem it actually is.
“It’s obviously a worrying development, but I don’t think there’s any need for anyone to panic.
“What they do need to do though is get vaccinated.”
“It is very likely that we will find more cases over the coming days as we are seeing in other countries globally and as we increase case detection through focused contact tracing.”
“It’s critical that anyone with Covid-19 symptoms isolates and gets a PCR test immediately,” she added.