Aberdeen Covid cluster grows after more cases linked to city pubs

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The Aberdeen coronavirus cluster has now grown to 254 confirmed cases.

Saturday August 22, 2020, 2:38 p.m.

Aberdeen remains under lockdown during the ongoing coronavirus cluster in the city. PIC: SNS Group.
The figure has increased by 18 cases in the past 24 hours.

NHS Grampian said the rise was due to previously detected cases now linked to the hotel business in Aberdeen.

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The number of close contacts identified is now 1281.

Eight new cases have been detected in the wider area of ​​the NHS Grampian.

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A spokesperson for the health council said: “Investigations into the specific circumstances of these cases are ongoing; it is possible that they will be included in the Aberdeen cluster as a result of these surveys. “

Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon extended the city’s lockdown last Thursday with hopes that some restrictions could be relaxed next Wednesday.

She said the restrictions were having an impact – but it was “not yet sure” whether to lift them.

Aberdeen City Council has said it does not support the continuation of the lockdown given the impact on the city’s economy.

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