Scotland cancels New Year’s Eve Celebration

 Wednesday, December 22, 2021 

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Scotland cancels New Year’s Eve celebrations as the United Kingdom is gripped by a surge of COVID infections, driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant.

The UK has reported record cases in recent days, with 91,743 in the last 24 hours reported on Monday, a rate of 716.1 cases per 100,000 people. On December 17, there was a daily record of 92,503 cases reported. It means case numbers are higher now than last Christmas when a lockdown was imposed.

This time around, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pushed people to get a boost vaccine but has so far stopped short of imposing harsher restrictions.

But north of the border First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday announced the cancellation of all large events from Boxing Day.

This includes Edinburgh’s celebrations on New Year’s Eve. London mayor Sadiq Khan has done the same in the capital on December 31. At the weekend he declared a “major incident” after a “huge surge” of Omicron cases in the city.

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