These cases were found in people who had never been to Southern Africa.
According to Monday’s announcement, the Omicron coronavirus cases in Scotland and England may be related to community transmission.
Scotland’s Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon said six cases have been detected in Scotland.
She said at the press conference: “At this stage, we know that not all of us have travel history or known connections of other people who have recently travelled to southern Africa where the variant was first detected.”
“This suggests that this variant may be already being transmitted in some communities in Scotland.”
Mike Gogarty (director of public health in Essex County) reported last week a case in England. On Monday, he also stated to BBC World At One that the case has no connection to foreign travel. .
He stated that Omicron’s Essex case involved people who had indirect contact with South Africans through intermediaries. He answered, “Yes” when asked if this is transmission.
Gogarty stated that they have identified areas they visited that could be at risk from transmission. These include schools, churches, and fast-food restaurants. He stated that one class of the school was quarantined and that people in churches and restaurants were also tested.
He indicated that any positive PCR test will be used in genome sequencing.