Watch: First Minister gives emergency Covid update ahead of FMQs

Nicola Sturgeon is addressing MSPs at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

The First Minister is has urged Scots to “stay at home” in the run up to Christmas amid concern over a steep rise in cases of the Omicron variant.

Nicola Sturgeon addressed MSPs ahead of FMQs at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon.

The SNP leader said Omicron is likely to be the dominant strain of coronavirus in Scotland from tomorrow.

A total 5951 coronavirus cases were reported on Wednesday, 45.4%of which were likely to be Omicron.

Sturgeon said she was “profoundly concerned” by the challenge posed by the variant which is “running faster than even the fastest rollout of vaccines”.

She urged the public to “stay at home much more than you normally would and as much as is feasible”.

Earlier today, the SNP leader tweeted: “With the agreement of the Presiding Officer, I will give an update on the Covid/Omicron situation to @ScotParl ahead of #FMQs at 12 noon.”