Aberdeen coronavirus cluster: NHS Grampian investigates 13 new cases linked to Hawthorn Bar

A cluster of 13 new cases linked to pub are being examined.

A cluster of 13 cases of Covid-19 linked to a pub in Aberdeen is being investigated by public health authorities.

NHS Grampian says the cases are associated with The Adam Lounge & The Hawthorn Bar in the city centre.

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All those who tested positive are showing only mild symptoms, though the health board says there may be further cases linked to the cluster.

13 cases have been linked to the Hawthorn Bar in Aberdeen.

The pub had physical distancing measures in place and contact tracing is being carried out in line with the Scottish Government's Test and Protect scheme.

Dr Emmanuel Okpo, consultant in public health medicine, said: "Our health protection team are speaking to the confirmed cases, establishing who they have been in contact with and providing further advice on isolation and testing as required.

"We are also carrying out wider contact tracing work, as part of the Test and Protect scheme.

"We cannot rule out the possibility of detecting further cases linked to this cluster.

The Adam Lounge & Hawthorn Bar on Aberdeen's Holburn Street. Picture: Google Map

"These cases highlight that COVID-19 still poses a real risk to all of us. We cannot emphasise enough the need for everyone to take all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and others safe. This means wearing a face covering when required, practising thorough hand hygiene, maintaining physical distancing, and avoiding crowded places. This last point is vitally important as restaurants and pubs are opening up. If you arrive at a venue and you feel it’s too busy to observe physical distancing, then consider leaving.

“We also need to take responsibility for our own behaviour, especially if consuming alcohol. We know drinking impacts on our decision making. The only way we can maintain our hard won progress in reducing the impact of COVID-19 is by working together.”

Officers from Protective Services (Environmental Health) have visited the establishment to assess the controls implemented.

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