Three new cases of the Omicron variant detected in Scotland

There have been 3 new cases of the Omicron variant detected in Scotland.

It takes the total number of cases with the variant to 13 across Scotland.

Scotland recorded 27 coronavirus-linked deaths and 3,002 new cases in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data.

It means the death toll under this daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is 9,618.

The 10th case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus identified in Scotland has no direct link to the previous nine

The daily test positivity rate was 7.4% according to data published by the Scottish Government on Thursday, down from 7.9% the previous day.

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The 10th case of the Omicron variant of coronavirus identified had no direct link to the previous nine