Coronavirus: Eleven people now positive in Inverclyde cluster

A further three people have tested positive for Covid-19 as part of a cluster of cases in the Inverclyde area.

The total number of positive cases involved is now 11.

Amazon has confirmed that a member of staff, based at a warehouse in Gourock, is in quarantine. An M&D Green Pharmacy in Port Glasgow is also linked to the cluster.

Some individuals visited a number of businesses in the Greater Glasgow area.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said they may have been infectious at the time.

The businesses included The Botany bar and restaurant in Glasgow, and Sweeney's Cruises in West Dunbartonshire, both on Sunday.

Individuals also visited The Queen of the Loch by Marston's Inn in Balloch and Lomond Woods Holiday Park on the weekend of 24 July.

The health board said all the cases were only experiencing mild symptoms.

The new cases are known contacts of the previous eight people.

All the businesses linked to the outbreak are continuing to operate.

Tracing close contacts

In a statement on Facebook, Sweeney's Cruises said they were visited by council health officials and had been "given the green light to carry on with our daily cruises".

Queen Of The Loch and Marston's Inn said on Facebook that it had "enhanced cleaning procedures in place", had undergone a "full deep clean" and was co-operating with the local authority.

None of the cases linked to the pharmacy are currently working there and customers have been told it is safe to keep using its facilities.

The positive tests were among 14 new cases in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area on Wednesday.

Dr Daniel Carter, consultant in public health medicine and chairman of the incident management team dealing with the cluster, said: "All those who have tested positive for Covid-19 are self-isolating and we are working with a number of businesses including a local pharmacy to trace any close contacts.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind local residents of the importance of continuing with the general measures to minimise the risk of Covid-19 to themselves and to others."

Speaking to MSPs at Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon thanked the businesses concerned for "acting swiftly, and for fully cooperating with the guidance and procedures to contain this cluster".

'Soul-destroying'

Inverclyde Council leader Stephen McCabe said news of the local cluster was "soul-destroying" in an area which has already been one of the worst-hit by coronavirus in Scotland.

"There has been a lot of anxiety, rightly, in the community over the last few months," he said.

"We saw some light a the end of the tunnel with the number of deaths reducing – in the previous three weeks we didn't have any – and now this has come back.

"But there is a degree of reassurance that the effective systems are in place and hopefully we can contain the virus."

Mr McCabe also said he hoped track and trace measures could help avoid a local lockdown.

He said: "Obviously, if the outbreak can't be contained, there are potential consequences.

"We have seen in Dumfries and Galloway and parts of England that major outbreaks do lead potentially to local lockdowns and I hope we can avoid that situation."

Scotland's national clinical director, Prof Jason Leitch, told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme earlier that the pharmacy in Port Glasgow was still open but that locals should not be concerned about using services.

He said: "We've been in touch with the pharmacy and we're very, very comfortable with how the pharmacy has behaved both up to this point and yesterday.

"People should not be scared to use pharmacies in the area."

He added that the option of a local lockRead More – Source

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