Nicola Sturgeon held an emergency Covid briefing today after six cases of the Omicron variant were found in Scotland.

The First Minister made a statement at 10.30am on Monday where she answered questions on the new strain and gave an update on the pandemic.

Four cases of the worrying new Omicron variant were found in Lanarkshire while another two were identified in the Greater Glasgow health board area.

What did Nicola Sturgeon say in her update? Here's everything you need to know.

1. Call for tougher travel restrictions

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Nicola Sturgeon has called for tougher travel restrictions to be put in place as concerns grow over the new Omicron covid variant.

The First Minister wants people coming to the UK from overseas to self-isolate for eight days in a bid to control a mutation which originated in Southern Africa.

She also called for the measures to be rolled out on a four nations basis.

At the weekend, it was agreed that passengers arriving in the UK from 4am on Tuesday will be required to take a PCR test by the end of their second day from entry and isolate until they receive a negative test.

2. Work from home

The First Minister has made a fresh appeal to employers to allow staff to work from home wherever possible.

Sturgeon adds she remains hopeful there will not be a need to be the reimposing of any further restrictions.

3. Christmas shouldn't be cancelled

Nicola Sturgeon has said that Scotland’s Christmas plans should not be cancelled in light of the new covid variant.

The First Minister asked for “collective national vigilance” against the spread of the Omicron variant which has been detected in six Scottish cases so far

Asked if travel plans for the festive season should be, the SNP leader said: “I’m not asking people to put plans on hold.

"I will during this next phase of the pandemic if this proves necessary, I’ll do what I’ve done in that previous stages - I’ll stand here and try to share with you in a real time basis what we’re asking people to do and why.”

4. Take lateral flow tests before socialising

Sturgeon has urged people to take a lateral flow test before any social activity.

"I'm asking everyone to take a lateral flow test every time before they enter a situation where they will be mixing outside there own household."

The First Minister said the measure would have a "massive downward impact" as the testing would pick up on more positive cases.

This includes visits to theatres, concerts, nightclubs, restaurants and even "going for Christmas shopping."

5. Vaccination roll-out to be "stepped-up"

"We are expecting updated advice on vaccinations, and the Scottish Government is getting ready to adapt to that advice from the JCVI," The First Minister said.

Nicola Sturgeon urged that the vaccination remains the "best line of defence" as cases of the Omicron variant are confirmed.

This may include a change in the amount of time required to be taken between doses.

6. Rules may be changed if needed

The First Minister added that the rules and precautionary measures against the new strain will be under constant review.

She added that measures may change as the government learns more about the new variant.

However, the FM also stated that the hygiene advice and other measures currently in place have been shown to protect against past variants, and will also help against Omicron.

7. Stick to the rules

She ended the briefing by reminding everyone to keep sticking to mitigations that have always worked to mitigate the risks.

These are:

She says sticking to these measures - which are more important than ever - will ensure we have the "best possible chance" to enjoy a more normal Christmas.