Nicola Sturgeon to give covid update today as cases of Omicron variant rise

Nicola Sturgeon will issue an update on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in Scotland later today from the Scottish Parliament.

The First Minister is expected to address the number of new Omicron variant cases identified across the country in the last 24-hour period.

It comes after Health Secretary Humza Yousaf announced there are now nine cases of the variant, which originated in southern Africa, in Scotland – a rise of three.

Yousaf said there are now five cases in the Lanarkshire area and four in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, up from the six across the two areas announced on Monday.

Asked if there was any connection between COP26 or a recent South Africa rugby match, he told BBC Good Morning Scotland: “There’s nothing that links these cases or indeed the variant back to Cop26 or indeed the rugby match.”

He added: “There’s nothing that indicates these cases or this new variant has come via the rugby or Cop26 but that work of course is still ongoing .”

During her speech to the parliament Sturgeon is expected to urge caution as cases of the variant spread.

Here’s all you need to know about the address to parliament:

What time is the statement?

Sturgeon is expected to get to her feet at Holyrood at around 2.20pm today following topical questions.

She will give a statement for around 20 minutes and then take questions from MSPs from all political parties in the chamber.

If times change then the Daily Record politics team will keep you update in our live blog.

Where can I watch?

The statement will be broadcast on the Scottish Parliament TV channel, it can be viewed here.

It can also be viewed on the Scottish Parliament official Facebook page.

The Daily Record will also show the update from Sturgeon on our main Facebook page.

If you’re out and about or sitting at your desk then it can be followed on our live covid blog.

The BBC Scotland channel will have a special programme for the statement which starts at 2.15pm.

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