Data shows that OMICRON cases have increased by a third in the UK.
An additional 3,201 cases of the super-infectious variant were reported early yesterday.
The UK Health and Security Service said the confirmed Omicron cases in the UK now total 14,909 cases.
But infections are more in the region of hundreds of thousands.
At least 37,500 positive swab samples are now “gene s” negative – an indication of this variant.
In the UK, it is likely that Omicron will dominate today, as yesterday the UKHSA said it accounts for 41% of all Covid cases.
That is the cause of the UK’s record-high number of daily cases, with yesterday’s figure being 88,000 won is the highest level ever reported during the pandemic.
Nicola Sturgeon said Omicron was the predominant strain of coronavirus in Scotland as she warned of a “tsunami” of this variant hitting the nation.
The First Minister said 51.4% of Covid-19 cases in Scotland are now likely to be Omicron.
Ms Sturgeon said in Scotland the R number, which measures the rate of infection, could be above four.
Cases of the virus have increased by more than 40% in the country in the past week.
Ms Sturgeon urged people to stay at home before Christmas, saying Omicron’s arrival was “the blows’ worst nightmare”.
“The tsunami I warned about a week ago is starting to hit us,” she said.
“However, and this is a pivotal point, a really important point, we shouldn’t be fateful about this. We are not helpless in the face of it.”
“It seems that boosters are still very effective in reducing the risk of getting very sick from Omicron,” said the First Minister.
People are being encouraged to use their booster as soon as possible as it offers the best protection against Omicron.
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