13 test positive for coronavirus after visiting Aberdeen bar

UK

A cluster of 13 coronavirus cases has been linked to a bar in Aberdeen.

The patients tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting The Adam Lounge & Hawthorn Bar on 26 July, NHS Grampian said.

Authorities are investigating and say they cannot rule out the possibility of finding more cases linked to the cluster.

Dr Emmanuel Okpo, consultant in public health medicine, said: “Our health protection team are speaking to the confirmed cases. We are also carrying out wider contact tracing work, as part of the test and protect scheme.”

The Adam Lounge & Hawthorn Bar said it has done its “utmost” to protect customers’ safety and has had “strict rules and measures in place”.

A statement on the family-run bar’s Facebook page read: “It has been brought to our attention that there have been customers who visited our venue on Sunday 26th July that have tested positive for coronavirus.

“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 cooperated fully.”

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It said it is a “very difficult time” for the bar, adding: “Our thoughts are with those affected and we wish them a speedy recovery.”

The bar has been deep cleaned and decontaminated.

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Authorities said the business had a number of measures in place including physically distancing customers and taking their contact details.

It has now been advised on how to improve further and has co-operated fully with the investigation.

Many showed their support for the bar on social media following the news.

Kirsty Wheeler wrote: “Thank you for making customers aware. Having seen the set up, you’ve done everything you can to protect your staff and customers and this is very responsible of you to let people know.”

Another commenter, Chris Milton, said: “End of the day it’s a great bar trying it’s best to serve its loyal customers. There is a risk and that’s why there are measures in place. No one is forcing you to go to the pub. Personal responsibility.”

Scotland reported 31 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the total to 18,676.

The country did not record any new deaths with coronavirus so its death toll remains at 2,491.

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