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UPDATE 2-Scotland shuts pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen to stem COVID-19 outbreak

Wed, 5th Aug 2020 12:48

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LONDON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Scotland imposed new restrictions
on the oil city of Aberdeen on Wednesday to tackle an outbreak
of COVID-19 cases, closing pubs and restaurants and ordering
visitors to stay away.

"We are at a stage of this pandemic where extreme caution is
necessary, and also in my view, sensible," First Minister Nicola
Sturgeon said at a news conference, following a meeting with
officials that considered the latest data.

She said an outbreak in the city had now accounted for a
total of 54 known cases in recent days, and that in the last 24
hours there had been 64 new cases across the whole of Scotland.

"This virus hasn't gone away - if you doubted that, then
today we have evidence of how true that is," she added. "It is
still out there and it is still highly infectious.

"The outbreak in Aberdeen is a sharp reminder of that. It
shows what can happen if we let our guard drop."

Sturgeon also advised against travel other than for work or
education, and said people should not visit other households.

"We will be introducing regulations ... requiring all indoor
and outdoor hospitality in the city to close by 5pm today (1600
GMT)."

Sturgeon said the action would be reviewed in 7 days and was
taken in part to prioritise the reopening of schools.
(Reporting by Kate Holton and William James; editing by Guy
Faulconbridge and Stephen Addison)

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