Another 60 confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Scotland, including 39 in the NHS Grampian area.

A cluster of linked cases was discovered in Aberdeen last week, leading to lockdown restrictions being reintroduced in the city.

Scotland’s national clinical director Jason Leitch said 110 cases had been linked to the Aberdeen outbreak, with more expected to be confirmed.

They include two players at Aberdeen FC.

The players were among a group of eight footballers who visited a bar in the city a week ago. The whole group are now self-isolating.

Mr Leitch told BBC Scotland that the increase of 60 cases was “not unexpected” but “still worries us”.

He said it was difficult to be sure how many of the 39 new cases in NHS Grampian were linked to the Aberdeen cluster.

“We know that at 15:30 yesterday we had 110 cases connected to this outbreak,” he said.

“We allow test and protect to do its work, rather than be constantly sending us hourly updates and that’s the way it should be. I would expect a number of those positives to be connected.”

Mr Leitch said the Scottish government was working to prevent community transmission outside the Aberdeen outbreak.

“We want to find each of these cases, break the chain, self-isolate the people so that we can get those numbers down again and Grampian can go back to normal – or semi-normal – like the rest of the country,” he told the BBC.

But the clinical director added that the effects of the local lockdown in Aberdeen may not be seen for “days, even weeks”.

Aberdeen has seen a total of 112 new coronavirus cases in the seven days up to 7 August – a rate of 49 infections per 100,000 people.

This compares to a rate of 80.6 in Blackburn with Darwen in Lancashire, which is currently top of Public Health England’s local authority watchlist.

People outside the Soul Bar
A picture taken at the weekend showed people queuing outside the Soul bar in Aberdeen

Read more: BBC News

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