COVID-19: Scotland may face ‘tsunami of infections’ in face of Omicron variant, Nicola Sturgeon warns

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned of a “potential tsunami of infections” in the face of the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

She said the virulent new strain will “run riot” through the population as she cautioned the reproduction or R number could rise above 2.

Giving a news update, Ms 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.”

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