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Lockdown Restrictions Reimposed in Aberdeen due to Coronavirus Surge

Lockdown Restrictions Reimposed in Aberdeen due to Coronavirus Surge

Lockdown restrictions are being reimposed in Aberdeen due to a coronavirus cluster in the city, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The first minister said the rise in cases around the world had been worrying her in recent weeks, but that for many people this could seem far away.

"There's always a sense of 'we're doing well and it won't happen here'," she said.

"It can happen here and it is happening here, in Aberdeen."

Pubs and restaurants will have to close from 1700 on Wednesday.

People are being told not to travel to Aberdeen, and those living in the city face travel restrictions.

Ms Sturgeon said there were now 54 cases in the "significant outbreak" and that community transmission could not be ruled out.

The restrictions mean that the 228,000 people who live in the Aberdeen city area are no longer allowed into each others' houses.

They are being told not to travel more than five miles for leisure purposes. Travelling for work or education is permitted, but other travel is not advised.

People who are visiting Aberdeen do not need to leave, but should follow the guidance and take "extra care" when they return home.

The restrictions will be reviewed next Wednesday and may be extended further if necessary.

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