Aberdeen lockdown extended by a week
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ABERDEEN will remain in lockdown for at least another seven days, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today.
Speaking at First Minister's questions in Holyrood this afternoon she confirmed that the overall number of cases of Covid-19 in Scotland had increased by 47 to a total of 19,216.
Some 24 of the 47 are within the NHS Grampian are but it is not clear if they are connected to the Aberdeen coronavirus cluster which triggered the local lockdown.
NHS Grampian confirmed today the number of detected cases of Covid-19 linked with the Aberdeen cluster now stands at 177 – up by 12 from yesterday – and 940 close contacts have been identified.
Ms Sturgeon said: "In general there has been a slight fall in cases, but despite this it is still far higher than the rest of Scotland and a considerable number.
"It is therefore not possible to lift restrictions this week.
"All restrictions still apply both to those in Aberdeen and to those in the Shire who travel into Aberdeen."
She added: "I want to thank everyone for complying and we are also watching for spread of the virus into the Shire – but do not feel it necessary at present to take action.
"As soon as we can we will relax restrictions but numbers are still too high for this to be safe or sensible."
The restrictions will be reviewed again next Wednesday.