A NEW coronavirus cluster has been confirmed in Aberdeen.
NHS Grampian announced that 13 cases have been linked to The Hawthorn pub in the town of Granite.
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Those who have tested positive so far have shown only mild symptoms.
The NHS Grampian and the city council’s environmental health team are investigating the outbreak.
The pub says it was recently made aware of customers from July 26 who tested positive for the virus.
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They announced on Facebook last night that they had undergone a thorough cleaning and “mist decontamination” and had received Environmental Health approval to reopen.
They wrote, “We would like to inform all customers that we have been visited by Environmental Health since our notification. [of the cases].
“We have received approval from the local authorities to continue trading with our measures in place and have fully cooperated.
“Our site has undergone a thorough cleaning and a ‘decontamination by mist’.
“We assure all customers that we have done and continue to do everything possible to protect their safety and we continue to apply strict rules and measures. We ask all customers to be extremely vigilant and adhere to our policies at all times.
“Our hearts are with those affected and we wish them a speedy recovery. ”
NHS Grampian confirmed the news this morning, saying they were “working closely with colleagues in environmental health at Aberdeen City Council as part of our investigation.”
Dr Emmanuel Okpo, consultant in public health medicine, admitted that there is a chance that the cluster will grow and more positive cases will be found.
He said: “Our health protection team is talking about confirmed cases.
“We are also carrying out more extensive contact tracing work, as part of the Test & Protect program. We cannot exclude the possibility of detecting other cases related to this cluster.
“These cases underscore that Covid-19 still poses a real risk to all of us.
We cannot exclude the possibility of detecting other cases related to this cluster.
Dr Emmanuel Okpo, consultant in public health medicine
“We cannot stress enough the need for everyone to take all necessary precautions to ensure their safety and that of others.
“This means wearing a face mask if necessary, practicing good hand hygiene, maintaining physical distance and avoiding crowded places.
“This last point is vitally important as restaurants and pubs open up.
“If you arrive at a location and feel it is too busy to observe physical distancing, consider leaving.
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“We also need to take responsibility for our own behavior, especially if we drink alcohol. We know that drinking alcohol has an impact on our decision making. ”
NHS Grampian confirmed that the hawthorn fully cooperated with the investigation.
The Scottish Sun has contacted Aberdeen City Council for comment.
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