Aberdeen Covid cluster grows after more cases linked to city pubs

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

Aberdeen remains under lockdown during the ongoing coronavirus cluster in the city. PIC: SNS Group.
Aberdeen remains under lockdown during the ongoing coronavirus cluster in the city. PIC: SNS Group.

The figure has risen by 18 cases in the past 24 hours.

NHS Grampian said the rise was due to previously detected cases now being linked to the hospitality trade in Aberdeen.

The number of close contacts identified is now 1281.

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

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A spokeswoman for the health board said: “Investigations into the particular circumstances of these cases are ongoing; it is possible they may be included in the Aberdeen cluster following these investigations.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon extended the lockdown of the city last Thursday with hopes some restrictions could be eased next Wednesday.

She said the restrictions were having an impact – but that it was “not yet safe" to lift them.

Aberdeen City Council said it did not support continuing the lockdown given the impact on the city economy.

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