Coronavirus: Aberdeen local lockdown to be reviewed

The local lockdown imposed in Aberdeen a week ago after a spike in coronavirus cases is due for review later.

Since last Wednesday pubs and restaurants have been closed and restrictions on travel and visiting other households have been in place.

So far 165 cases have been linked to the cluster and 875 contacts of infected people have been traced.

The first minister has said it will not last longer than necessary but she has not ruled out an extension.

At Tuesday's coronavirus briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said: "Having come this far, it would be a mistake to lift them just too soon, so we need to be sure it is really under control."

National clinical director Jason Leitch also sounded a cautious note, saying the decision would be based on "how well we have caught the chains of transmission".

"You can see over the last few days a kind of slowing of the number, but they are not coming down yet, we are not back to normal," he said.

"This virus is still spreading within a community that relates back to those initial examples nearly two weeks ago now.

"I am encouraged by what is happening, it is working how we predicted it would work – the Aberdeen semi-lockdown is doing what we expected – but remember the virus doesn't work in 24 chunks.

"It works in seven and 14-day chunks more likely so we're not yet over that hump completely. I cannot say with any real authority that we have reached the end of every chain of this transmission."

On Tuesday it emerged that one person who is among a cluster of five cases in north east Angus had been linked to the Aberdeen outbreak.

All are showing mild symptoms and have not required hospital treatment

Health officials in Aberdeenshire are also investigating a potential cluster in the Stonehaven/Portlethen area, but no connection to Aberdeen has yet been established.

The local lockdown in Aberdeen was announced after a number of cases were initially linked to the Hawthorn Bar early in August.

By last Wednesday, the total number of cases had risen to 54, prompting the reintroduction of restrictions for 228,000 people in the area.

These included:

  • bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs closed
  • no travel more than five miles for leisure or holidays
  • no travel to the city for leisure or to visit friends and family, even if you live in Aberdeenshire
  • no indoor visits with other households
  • visiting suspended for most hospitals

A day later it emerged that eight Aberdeen FC players had visited the city's Soul bar the previous Saturday and two later tested positive for Covid-19.

The revelation angered the first minister, and has led to the cancellation of planned matches.

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