Aberdeen, Scotland's 3rd-largest city, put on lockdown

Cheryl Sanders
August 6, 2020

PUBS, bars and restaurants across Aberdeen will have to shut tonight (August 5) after first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the city will be put back into lockdown.

Sturgeon added that there had been 54 cases in the "significant outbreak", and that the cluster now involved community transmissions.

Golfers from outwith Aberdeen are also advised not to travel to the city to play golf until such times as restrictions ease again.

The number of people in intensive care also fell from four to three, and the overall number of hospitalised cases also dropped from 270 to 267.

Today's announcement is the first local lockdown to be imposed in Scotland.

Sturgeon said all hospitality venues in the city of about 229,000 residents need to be closed by the end of business Wednesday.

Schools in Scotland are due to reopen next week at the start of the new school year, and Ms Sturgeon said it was important to act locally now to ensure the outbreak is contained and ensure schools can reopen as planned. These restrictions will last for seven days and then be reviewed by the Scottish Government.

Scotland has recorded about 4,100 deaths, while England has recorded close to 41,000.

Over the same period, 892 more Brits tested positive, bringing the total to 307,184.

Britain asked travelers from some countries to voluntarily self-quarantine in February and early March, but the government lifted all border restrictions on March 13.

A government spokeswoman said the committee's claims were "incorrect" and that all public health policy has been "guided by the science".

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