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Sturgeon warns Scotland could be ‘starting to experience a potential tsunami of infections’ as Omicron ‘runs riot’

by LLB Reporter
10th Dec 21 1:00 pm

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned on Friday that the country could see a “tsunami of infections” as the transmissible Omicron variant is running rampant.

Sturgeon said Omicron will “run riot” throughout Scotland and the reproductive number could rise above 2.

Sturgeon said, “The fact is that we do face a renewed and a very severe challenge in the face of the new Omicron variant.

“To be blunt because of the much greater and faster transmissibility of this new variant we may be facing, indeed we may be starting to experience a potential tsunami of infections.”

She added, “This a variant that is and is going to, forgive the non-technical language, run riot through not just the Scottish population.”

Rowland Kao, professor of epidemiology and data science at Edinburgh University warned the UK needs to “act quickly” to reduce the spread of Omicron.

Speaking to Sky News, Professor Kao said, “I think the really important thing to remember about the Omicron variant isn’t so much the number of cases it’s causing right now but the rate at which it is spreading.

“If we are going to do anything to reduce the spread we need to do it quickly, we essentially need to do it now.”

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