9 cases of the new more infectious variant, Omicron, confirmed in Scotland but still only 3 in England, despite having a far larger community with South African connections and far more flights from there into London?
Does that seem at all plausible?
Contact tracing is more difficult among some ethnicities where there is a greater tendency to distrust authorities and so the spread may be greater than known at this stage.
Also, the outsourced testing and contact tracing system in England has, throughout the pandemic, been less effective than those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland:
England’s covid-19 testing and tracing system failed to achieve its main objective—to break chains of transmission and enable people to return to a more normal life—despite an “eye watering” budget of £37bn (€44bn; $51bn), MPs have said.https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2606
In sharp contrast, while Scotland’s system did struggle at times as cases surged, it continued to exceed the WHO target of more than 80% within 72 hours: