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Covid in Scotland LIVE as three new Omicron cases identified bringing total to nine

Nine cases of the Omicroncoronavirus variant have been identified across Scotland, the Health Secretary has announced.

SNP minister Humza Yousaf revealed three more cases of the new strain of the deadly virus have been discovered in the Central Belt.

Speaking on the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme Yousaf said there are now five cases in the NHS Lanarkshire and four in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board.

It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged Scots to be wary of the new strain that first originated in southern Africa.

Yesterday scientists on the government's Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations advised that all adults should now have their boosters, not just the over 40s, to fight off the variant.

As the number of cases in the UK increased to 11, six of them in Scotland, the scientists said the gaps between the second Covid-19 vaccine and booster shots should be reduced from six months to three months.

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Vaccine programme about 'speed'

Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said the coronavirusvaccination programme "is all about speed".

He told BBC Breakfast: "This is a programme which is all about speed.

"So the two challenges are going to be the logistics of actually delivering so much vaccine in a very short time and of course, it's important that people come forward and receive those jabs in good time so that they can build up that extra immunity that we need to be sure that we're protected against this new variant.

"So challenging month ahead for the NHS."

Asked about the current pressures currently facing the NHS, he added: "The worry is that if you give somebody double work to do, they can't do whatever else it was that they would have been doing.

"Here in Bristol where we're actually recruiting people into the scheme, training people up to give vaccines to get extra pairs of hands, focusing not only on retired healthcare staff, but actually just members of the public who are willing and able to come forward.

"So there really is going to be a big build up to try and deliver this accelerated programme and I'm sure that is going on all over the country."

Nine cases of Omicron in Scotland

Nine cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirushave now been identified in Scotland, the country's health secretary Humza Yousaf has said.

Yousaf said there are now five cases in the Lanarkshire area and four in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, up from the six across the two areas announced on Monday.

Asked if there was any connection between Cop26 or a recent South Africa rugby match, he told BBC Good Morning Scotland: "There's nothing that links these cases or indeed the variant back to Cop26 or indeed the rugby match."

He added: "There's nothing that indicates these cases or this new variant has come via the rugby or Cop26 but that work of course is still ongoing ."

Every adult to get covid booster jab

Every adult in the UK will get a covid vaccine booster three months after their second jab, scientific experts have recommended.

The government’s Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations advised that all adults should now have their boosters, not just the over 40s, to fight off the new Omicron covid variant.

As the number of cases in the UK increased to 11, six of them in Scotland, the scientists said the gaps between the second Covid-19 vaccine and booster shots should be reduced from six months to three months.

READ MORE: Covid boosters to be offered to all Scots three months after second jab

Good morning

Hello and welcome to the Daily Record's live coronavirus blog on Tuesday, November 30.

Throughout the course of today we will bring you all the latest on the pandemic from across Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

Yesterday, it was announced there were six cases of the Omicron variant in circulation across the country.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon issued a warning to Scots as she called on the UK Government to tighten travel restrictions.