Coronavirus: Pub cluster cases rise to 32 after FM warning

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The number of cases of coronavirus linked to an Aberdeen pub has risen to 32 after the first minister issued a warning about the outbreak.

Nicola Sturgeon also announced that 15 of Scotland's 23 new positive cases were detected by NHS Grampian.

The cluster, linked to people who visited the Hawthorn Bar on 26 July, emerged on Sunday.

Two staff members have tested positive for Covid-19 and the pub has closed "as a precautionary step" for 14 days.

The first minister confirmed that 120 contacts had been identified through the test and protect system.

The incident management team, which is led by NHS Grampian, later confirmed the number of positive cases connected to the bar had increased from 27 to 32.

Ms Sturgeon said the team was continuing to "take all necessary steps to minimise transmission" and stressed investigations into the outbreak are ongoing.

She added: "This particular cluster is another reminder that this virus is still out there and hasn't gone away.

"It remains extremely infectious and, of course, it remains extremely dangerous and all of of us have a part to play in denying it the opportunities to spread."

The first minister made clear that anyone contacted by a test and protect team and advised they are a close contact of someone with coronavirus must self isolate for 14 days.

She said: "That should be seen as non-negotiable."

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Bar at the centre of Aberdeens COVID cluster has closed its doors as a precautionary step.

In a statement The Adams and Hawthorn said after having their whole team tested, the results had two positive cases. So theyve closed the venue for 14 days.

— Davy Shanks (@Davyshanks) August 4, 2020

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Ms Sturgeon emphasised the importance of self isolating for close contacts of positive cases, even if they themselves test negative, due to the incubation period of Covid-19.

She explained: "For example, on a Monday you might test negative for the virus but by the Tuesday you might have developed the virus without knowing it. At that point you could be infectious and yet it might not be until the Thursday or the Friday that you start to show any symptoms.

"In fact you might never show any symptoms at all but, if you are not isolating, you could nevertheless be spreading the virus."

Ms Sturgeon also urged employers not to think that testing a member of staff who is a close contact of a positive case is an alternative to self isolation.

She added: "That is simply not the case and I must stress that. There are simply no shortcuts here when it comes to trying to contain the spread of this virus."

What businesses have been affected?

Meanwhile, an Aberdeen hospitality firm has closed its bars with immediate effect after it was visited by a customer who tested positive for Covid-19.

PB Devco owns a number of businesses in the city, including Soul Bar, which was pictured with crowds gathered outside it at the weekend.

Owner and director Stuart Clarkson said his bars woulRead More – Source

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