How Scots can keep their family safe from the threat of Omicron this C…

Scots are dealing with their second ‘not normal’ Christmas in a row as the Omicron Covid variant spreads across Scotland.

The Scottish Government yesterday reported more than 7,000 new infections – the majority of which are said to be from the new variant.

Scots have been warned that daily case numbers of the highly mutated variant are expected to grow over the coming days and weeks.

There have been recent studies that show that Omicron infection could be milder compared to past strains of the virus.

Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to enjoy Christmas safely

But given the high transmissibility of the virus, hospitalisations are also sadly expected to grow alongside it.

Scots have been urged to enjoy their Christmas parties today safely amid the threat posed by the virus.

Speaking on Christmas Eve, Nicola Sturgeon said: “I know that, already three or four weeks ago, all of us were looking forward to a fairly normal Christmas. I am so sorry that this year’s won’t be quite like that.

“But for many of us, because of vaccination, it will nevertheless be more much normal than last year.

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“By continuing to show compassion and solidarity, I hope we can all enjoy the best and the safest festive period possible.

“And of course I hope above all else that we can all look forward to a much brighter and better New Year.”

Guidance on keeping the family safe on Christmas Day

The Scottish Government has also issued guidance on how to protect unprotected family members when meeting indoors.

Scots have been urged to take a lateral flow test before getting together. If the test returns a positive consequence, then you must self-isolate and book a PCR test as soon as possible. Testing sites will keep open on Christmas Day.

The guidance also states that Scots should try to continue physical distancing from people not in their household group.

They should also limit the number of households to as small as the family circumstances allow – there are no legal limits on the number of households meeting at the one time though on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Scots should also regularly wash hands and cover their nose and mouth when they are coughing or sneezing.

Households should also encourage confront coverings if there is a unprotected family member at the gathering.

Plans made for Christmas Day and Boxing Day do not need to be cancelled.

If you are planning on going to a pub or a restaurant today, Scots should use confront coverings when moving around the venue and fill in the contact tracing form when asked.

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