Aberdeen put back into lockdown as Nicola Sturgeon orders all city pubs to close

Lockdown restrictions are to be reimposed on the Aberdeen area after 54 new cases emerged in a coronavirus cluster, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

Wednesday, 5th August 2020, 1:00 pm

The First Minister told the briefing that she was aware the changes were”deeply, deeply unwelcome news”.

She added: “The last thing we want to do is to reimpose these restrictions but this outbreak is reminding us just how highly infectious Covid is.

“Our precautionary and careful judgement is that we need to take decisive action now, difficult as that undoubtedly is, in order to try to contain this outbreak and prevent further harm later on.

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A general view of oil support vessels in Aberdeen Harbour (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“As I said earlier, this is about doing all we can to ensure our children can return to schools next week.”

She added: “Acting now, we judge, gives us the time and the space to protect the ability of our young people to return to education.”

As a result, restrictions will be reimposed in the Aberdeen City Council area.

The five-mile travel rule has been put in place and residents are being told not to enter each other’s houses.

All indoor and outdoor hospitality has also been told to close by 5pm on Wednesday.

The closure will be backed by governmental regulations, the First Minister said, and will be enforced if the rules are not followed.

The First Minister added that the changes will be reviewed next Wednesday, when she hoped that they could be removed if they could, either in entirety or in part.

However, if necessary, Ms Sturgeon has said that they could be extended beyond that seven-day period.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, addressed the cluster in Aberdeen, where she said that 54 cases have been reported as of Wednesday.

Nicola Sturgeon said that 191 contacts have been traced in relation to the cluster.

She said that the rise in cases has contributed to a greater fear their was a “significant outbreak” in the city.

According to the First Minister, more than 20 other pubs and restaurants are involved in the cluster.

There have been no coronavirus deaths in Scotland for the 20th day in a row, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The First Minister gave the latest figures at the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh.

A total of 2,491 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19.

Ms Sturgeon said 18,781 people have tested positive for the virus, up by 64 from 18,717 the day before.

There were 267 people in hospital with confirmed Covid-19, down by three.

Of these, three were in intensive care, no change.