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Omicron variant latest: Cases TREBLE as 6 new infections detected in Scotland, plus masks in schools, transport & shops

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THE number of Omicron infections in the UK has now TREBLED after six new cases were today confirmed in Scotland.

Four cases are in the Lanarkshire area and two have been identified in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

Public Health Scotland and local health protection teams are working together and “enhanced” contact tracing is being undertaken to establish the origin of the virus and any individuals the people have come into contact with in recent weeks.

All close contacts of suspected Omicron cases will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

It comes after it was announced face coverings will be mandatory on public transport and in shops and other settings including banks, post offices and hairdressers from Tuesday morning.

Isolation rules will also return for international arrivals until they receive a negative PCR test for Covid-19.

Read our Omicron live blog for the latest news and updates…

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