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Nicola Sturgeon Warns U.K. Is Sleepwalking Into a Virus Crisis

  • Omicron poised to become dominant strain in Scotland on Friday
  • Sturgeon warns hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed
Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon

Photographer: Fraser Bremner/Pool/Getty Images Europe

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanded urgent action from the U.K. government to combat the spread of omicron and warned that hospitals are now at severe risk of being overwhelmed.

The latest Covid-19 variant is expected to become the dominant strain in Scotland tomorrow, less than three weeks since it was first identified in the country. The semi-autonomous government in Edinburgh has tightened some restrictions and recommended reduced contact between households over Christmas. Sturgeon, though, has said would have gone much further if she had more financial support from the Treasury.