Latest: Local transmission of virus variant in Scotland

LONDON – Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said there is evidence of local transmission of the new omicron variant of…

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there was evidence of local transmission of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus after the country reported its first six cases.

She told a news conference that not all cases in Scotland had links to recent travel, adding that this suggested that “there may already be community transmission of this type in Scotland”.

The new cases bring the total number of cases in the UK to nine after three cases were identified in England over the weekend.

The arrival of the surrogate on British beaches prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to tighten restrictions on the wearing of masks and the testing of international arrivals in England.


More on the epidemic:

13 omicron cases detected in the Portuguese football club

– AP explains what is known and what is not known about the new COVID-19 variant

– Merriam-Webster chose vaccine as the word of the year for 2021

Why did the WHO skip ‘nu’ and ‘xi’ for the new COVID variant

– Watch all of the Associated Press’s pandemic coverage at


ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s planning minister said a massive vaccination campaign against the coronavirus will be expedited this week to reduce the risk of the new alternative.

Asad Omar warned that the novel coronavirus variant known as omicron will inevitably reach the Muslim nation in the next few weeks, and urged non-vaccinated citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Omar said that since the world is interconnected, it is impossible to prevent a new alternative from entering Pakistan.


LISBON, Portugal – Portuguese health authorities said they have identified 13 cases of Omicron, the new variant of the coronavirus that is believed to be more contagious, among members of a professional soccer club’s team.

One of those who tested positive for the Lisbon-based football club Belenenses recently traveled to South Africa, where the omicron variant was first identified, the Ricardo Jorge National Institute of Health said on Monday.

However, the others have not traveled to South Africa, suggesting that this may be one of the first cases of local transmission of the virus outside South Africa.


BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania wants to bring back 39 of its citizens from South Africa, including members of its professional rugby team, amid suspended flights over concerns about the omicron formula.

The Romanian Foreign Ministry said it would organize a special flight to return home and urged Romanian citizens in South Africa who wish to leave the country to notify the authorities as soon as possible.

Romania’s Sports Minister, Eduard Novak, said he is in close contact with the Romanian national rugby team, whose members are in South Africa.

Copyright © 2021 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.