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Police Scotland statement on lockdown in Aberdeen

Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr: "It’s really important that people follow the instructions and guidance from the Scottish Government.

“To support that, we will have additional patrols in Aberdeen, where local restrictions have been reintroduced.

“Our approach to these local restrictions will reflect the consistent approach taken by Police Scotland since the outset of this pandemic, and our officers will continue to engage, educate and encourage people to comply, as we all support the public health efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

“As a national service, Police Scotland is able to quickly flex capacity to support local communities across the country, and we will provide whatever additional resources are necessary to protect and support the communities affected.

“The Chief Constable has made it consistently clear that we all should take personal responsibility to do the right thing and remember the purpose of these measures is to aid the collective effort to stay safe, protect others and save lives by preventing the virus from spreading.

“Throughout the response to the pandemic, the majority of the public followed the law and Scottish Government advice. I realise that this situation will be frustrating for people in the affected area but it’s really important that we all continue to do so.

"Our officers will continue to explain the legislation and guidance but, for the minority who may choose to breach the regulations and risk the health of others, we will not hesitate to take enforcement action where appropriate.”

'Uncertainty' about origin of outbreak and 'rapidly accelerating' transmission forced Aberdeen lockdown decision

Nicola Sturgeon has said the uncertainty over the origin of the outbreak of Covid-19 in Aberdeen and the ongoing “rapid transmission” of the virus created a tipping point for the Scottish Government to reimpose lockdown restrictions in the city.

The First Minister, speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing with chief medical officer Gregor Smith, announced those living in Aberdeen will face tougher restrictions from today due to the outbreak which was first reported last week.

All pubs, restaurants and bars will be forced to close from 5pm today and a five mile travel restriction has been put in place for those living in the city.

She said the decision to reimpose restrictions came after she saw sustained “rapidly accelerating” transmission of the virus.

Ms Sturgeon said: "These will always be careful judgements and I’ve always been reluctant because they don’t really exist to give absolute trigger points for doing things though there are a range of different things that have to be taken into account and that will be true when we deal with outbreaks in any part of the country.

"I chaired a meeting last night when I think we had just over 30 confirmed cases and there appeared to be another 20 that were possibly going to be associated. This morning there was concern about another, possibly more than 20, cases which could be associated.

"It feels to me that cases are, in Aberdeen, are rapidly accelerating with the number of cases doubling every couple of days. In a situation like that there is a real need to act quickly.”

Business Secretary Alok Sharma visits West Lothian factory producing 60 million coronavirus vaccines

A factory in West Lothian is expanding as part of a deal to secure 60 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by the French firm Valneva.

The UK Government and the drugs firm are investing in the Livingston plant, with 75 new jobs expected to be created.

The Government had struck a deal for early access to Valneva’s “promising” vaccine candidate.

If clinical trials are successful, the site could provide up to 100 million doses of the vaccine across the UK and internationally.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma visited the factory on Wednesday to hear about plans to scale-up production.

Valneva’s vaccine, which is called VLA2001, is one of four potential vaccines which the UK Government has secured rights for.

Mr Sharma said: “I’m incredibly grateful to our highly-skilled scientists and technicians in Livingston who are supporting the global effort to research, develop and manufacture a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.

“The multimillion-pound upfront investment we have agreed with Valneva today means that their vaccine can be manufactured in quantity right here in Scotland.

“If clinical trials are successful, millions of people in priority groups across the UK will be protected by their life-saving vaccine.”

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Everything you need to know as Nicola Sturgeon reintroduces lockdown in north east

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the city of Aberdeen will have some lockdown restrictions reimposed after a spike in cases in the Grampian area.

This comes after a total of 54 cases have come out of the north east cluster, centred around a city pub.

The First Minister has stressed the importance of Covid-19 not becoming out of control across the country again.

There were 64 new cases across Scotland declared in the last 24 hours and 36 of those in the Grampian health board.

Can you travel to Aberdeen?

The Scottish Government has strongly advised people not to travel to the Aberdeen area.

Those living in Aberdeen are no longer to travel more than five miles from their homes for leisure or recreational reasons, although travel for work and education is allowed.

For anybody who is on holiday in Aberdeen at the moment can remain there for the rest of their holiday, but are urged to take extra care.

Can I go to the pub?

As of 5 pm on Wednesday, all indoor and outdoor hospitality venues will be closed.

Hotel restaurants will be open, but only to serve staying guests.

These restrictions will be reviewed in seven days.

Can I go to someone’s house?

People in the Aberdeen area are no longer allowed to visit friends or family within another house.

Extended households may remain in place but only where one of the households lives alone.

Again, these restrictions will be reviewed in seven days.

Nicola Sturgeon has said that there will be more details put up throughout the day on their website, and that all these restrictions at the moment apply to Aberdeen city, but there is a possibility in the future that they could be extended to more of Aberdeenshire.

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Scottish government weighing up restrictions in some parts of Aberdeenshire

Ms Sturgeon said the links between Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire were discussed during meetings to decide the imposition of the lockdown. She said the restrictions currently only apply to Aberdeen, but said that the Scottish government was still weighing up the option to restrict neighbouring regions.

Sturgeon: Rules on hospitality may be tightened up

Ms Sturgeon speculated that she may be forced to tighten restrictions on hospitality in Scotland, suggesting the spread of the virus may be down to people visiting more than one venue over the course of an evening. 

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