Steve August 2, 2020

The Hawthorn

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The bar said customers who had visited on 26 July had tested positive for coronavirus

A cluster of 13 cases of Covid-19 linked to a pub in Aberdeen is being investigated by public health officials.

NHS Grampian said the cases were associated with The Hawthorn Bar in Holburn Street in the city centre.

The pub said the outbreak was linked to customers who visited on 26 July.

The cluster comes as the latest figures showed 31 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Scotland in the past 24 hours.

That is higher than the 30 Covid-19 cases reported on Friday – which was the biggest daily increase for eight weeks.

Despite the rise in cases, there were no deaths reported in Scotland due to coronavirus for the 17th day in a row.

All those who have tested positive in Aberdeen are showing only mild symptoms, though the health board said there may be further cases linked to the cluster.

They said physical distancing measures were in place at the bar and contact tracing was being carried out in line with the Scottish government’s Test and Protect scheme.

Continue trading

Dr Emmanuel Okpo, consultant in public health medicine, said: “Our health protection team are speaking to the confirmed cases, establishing who they have been in contact with and providing further advice on isolation and testing as required.

“We are also carrying out wider contact tracing work, as part of the Test and Protect scheme.

“We cannot rule out the possibility of detecting further cases linked to this cluster.”

In a statement published on their Facebook page, management at The Adams & The Hawthorn said they had been given permission to continue trading and that appropriate safety measures were in place.

They added: “It has been brought to our attention that there have been customers who visited our venue on Sunday 26 July that have tested positive for Covid-19.

“We wish to inform all customers that we have been visited by environmental health since being notified.

“We were given approval from the local authority to continue trading with our measures in place and have co-operated fully. “

The statement said the venue had undergone deep cleaning as well as “decontamination by fogging”.

“We assure all customers we have been and continue to do our utmost to protect their safety and we continue with strict rules and measures in place,” it said.

Increase in confirmed new cases

The tally of 31 new cases across the country on Sunday accounts for 1.1% of newly tested individuals, according to the Scottish government.

The figures also showed there were 265 people in hospital with Covid-19 as of Saturday evening, and three in intensive care.

from the BBC

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