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    Omicron cases rise across Forth Valley

    Written by on January 6, 2022

    Omicron cases across the Forth Valley rose sharply over the festive period.

    On Christmas Eve the total number of confirmed omicron cases sat at 150.

    As of yesterday, it’s now more than 1000.

    It’s estimated over Christmas, 1 in 20 people in Scotland had Covid-19.

    Meanwhile, self-isolation rules are changing from today.

    There is an option to end the self-isolation period after 7 days instead of 10.

    This can be done by posting a two negative lateral flow tests on days 6 & 7.

    You must also have no symptoms of fever.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

    “When the Omicron variant started to take hold, we strengthened self-isolation requirements, so that all household contacts had to self isolate for 10 days.

    “That step was intended to slow the spread of the variant. It also reflected the fact that we knew less about the severity of the virus at that time, and that less of the population had protection from booster and third jags.

    “We are now in a very different position – and so we can now adopt different rules.

    “These changes are significant, but we believe they are also justified at this phase of the pandemic. They balance the importance of self-isolation – in slowing the virus’s spread and reducing the harm it can cause – with the wider harms to the economy that broader self-isolation rules can cause.”