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Aberdeen lockdown tightened after 'cluster' of cases

The Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that bars, restaurants and pubs in Aberdeen must close after a cluster of Coronavirus cases has raised concerns about a wider outbreak.

The announcement comes after what has been described as a 'significant outbreak' in Aberdeen, the United Kingdom's main oil-exporting city, with 54 new cases being recorded in recent days.

Speaking on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon said that restaurants, bars and pubs will have to shut their doors by 5pm tonight (Wednesday 5th August), also stating that there is evidence of community transmission, promoting the move.

People are also being asked not to travel to the city as part of the reimposed measures.

The measures will also prevent people from travelling more than 5 miles and will additionally restrict people from visiting other households.

Initially, these restrictions are set to be in place for a week, however, could be extended when reviewed in 7 days time.

The First Minister also advised people within the city or recent visitors to be 'extra vigilant' if they exhibit any symptoms of the Coronavirus.

Ms Sturgeon announced that she agreed to the new measures 'extremely reluctantly', following discussions with the NHS, Police and other relevant local authorities.

This comes after a consistent rise in cases across the UK in recent weeks, following the easing of lockdown restrictions, as the country attempts to recover from the economic, as well as social, turmoil, that the Coronavirus has caused in recent months.

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