Steps reunion concert linked to Omicron outbreak in Scotland

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Omicron cases have been traced back to a Steps reunion concert in Glasgow, Nicola Sturgeon has revealed.

Six cases of the new Covid variant were linked to the gig at Scotland’s biggest venue the Hydro as the total number so far detected in Scotland rose to 29.

Faye Tozer missed the Monday November 22 show, supported by Sophie Ellis Bextor, due to having Covid herself.

The group cut short their UK tour after triumphant performances at the 02 in Greenwich.

The First Minister said: “The number of Omicron cases now being reported in Scotland is rising, and cases are no longer all linked to a single event, but to several different sources including a Steps concert at the Hydro on November 22.

“This confirms our view that there is now community transmission of this variant within Scotland. Given the nature of transmission we would expect to see cases rise, perhaps significantly, in the days ahead.

“However, health protection teams are continuing work through contact tracing, isolation and testing to slow the spread as far as possible while we learn more about the new variant’s impact. Ministers are also keeping the situation under daily review.”

Risk to those who attended is said to be low and those who might have come into contact with the new variant at the event are being contacted.

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A source told The Herald: “The Steps gig has been identified as an area of concern, via Track and Trace.

“One of the people identified from the original event – a function at a club in the centre of Glasgow – subsequently went to the Hydro a couple of days later.

“It is unlikely that thousands of people will be forced to isolate but there will be Track and Trace information being given to some.

“The message that the Scottish Government will want to get out there is that there is no need to panic.”

No one from the concert needs to isolate, unless asked to by Test and Protect or if they develop symptoms.

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