Aberdeen coronavirus cluster drops to 110 cases with 39 more reported overnight

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The coronavirus cluster in Aberdeen now has 110 cases – as the number of people asked to self-isolate doubled overnight. The NHS Grampian said a total of 39 new cases had been detected in the northeast over the past 24 hours, although the health board said it could not confirm how many were linked to the epidemic.

The board of health indicates that 643 close contacts of the cases detected in the cluster have been identified and will have to self-isolate.

That’s up from the 313 close contacts reported on Friday.

Susan Webb, director of public health for NHS Grampian, said: “There has been a substantial increase in the number of close contacts, which is not entirely unexpected.

“We talk about the cases detected more than once because we know that they will remember different details when they think about what they did, where and who they met.

“We remain extremely grateful for the support and cooperation from each of them, the information they provide ensures that our investigation can be as thorough as possible. “



Aberdeen players pictured in Aberdeen on Saturday night

It comes as eight Aberdeen players have apologized for the ‘error of judgment’ which led to two positive tests for the coronavirus and the postponement of a game against St Johnstone.

First Team stars Jonny Hayes, Michael Devlin, Scott McKenna, Matty Kennedy, Sam Cosgrove, Dylan McGeouch, Craig Bryson and Bruce Anderson have all been quarantined after two positive coronavirus tests returned following a visit to a downtown bar last Saturday.

A “furious” Prime Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, accused the Dons players of ignoring the protocols agreed with the football authorities before the return to action was given the green light.

In a statement, the players apologized “without reservation to the supporters, the manager, the board of directors and all the staff of the club”.

“None of us could have foreseen the escalation of Covid-19 cases in the Grampian area, nor have we deliberately attempted to flaunt or disobey government guidelines that we all must adhere to, nor even with clear guidelines set by the club, ”they told me.

“It was by no means a team night as described and although we try to comply with government social distancing guidelines, we now recognize that our party of eight has exceeded the number of households allowed. to meet.

“It was a real mistake on our part as professional football players, and in doing so, we let our manager down. “



Aberdeen’s Hawthorn bar has been linked to cluster of Covid-19 cases

The Aberdeen cluster was initially linked to the Hawthorn Bar in the city center before other pubs were identified as playing a role in the outbreak as well.

The increase in cases has led Sturgeon to impose a local lockdown in the town of Granite, with all bars and restaurants closing at 5 p.m. Wednesday night, with the measures due to be reviewed next week.

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