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Coronavirus / Omicron variant now present in isles as 11 new Covid cases confirmed

NHS Shetland has confirmed the Omicron variant of Covid is now present in Shetland.

A spokesperson said “we are working closely across the organisation and continue to monitor the situation”.

They added that “at present, our focus is on vaccinations and ensuring we have all those eligible for their booster vaccine, vaccinated before Christmas”.

Meanwhile a further 11 cases of Covid have been confirmed in Shetland.

It comes after 11 cases were also reported yesterday (Tuesday).

Across Scotland a further 5,155 cases have been confirmed over the last 24 hours, as well as 22 deaths and 60 hospital admissions.

It comes amid concern from public health officials and politicians over the rise of the Omicron variant of Covid, which is said to be more transmissible.

The Scottish Government has accelerated its Covid booster programme in response, with everyone over 18 due to be offered a jab by the end of the month.

The latest figures show that more than 65 per cent of people aged over 18 in Shetland have had a booster/dose three.

Meanwhile NHS Shetland chief executive Michael Dickson will hold a Facebook live stream tonight from 7pm.