Aberdeen lockdown: Scots giving fake names and numbers to test and trace, says MP

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A five-mile travel rule has been put in place around Aberdeen and residents are being told not to enter each other’s houses as a rise in cases was confirmed by Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday. The measures, which apply to the Aberdeen City area, will be backed by Government regulations, the First Minister said, and will be enforced if the rules are not followed. Stephen Flynn, SNP MP for Aberdeen South, has since revealed Scots have been giving incorrect information to test and trace.

Speaking to LBC, Mr Flynn said: “I don’t think it’s necessarily the time to apportion blame.

“We need to take this opportunity to have a robust conversation between the licensed trade and the local authorities about what has been happening in the city centre.

“We’ve seen a number of images of large groups of people outside licensed venues.

“We’ve heard anecdotal evidence of large groups of people inside venues watching the football over the weekend.

“We heard of providing duff information to track and trace, nicknames, false numbers.

“None of these things have been helpful and we need to have an increased level of personal responsibility.”

The Scottish Government later announced that visits to hospitals and care homes from a named family member or friend will be stopped, with only essential visits being allowed.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SCOR), which also included leaders of Aberdeen City Council, NHS Grampian and Police Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon added the decision to reimpose some measures was taken to “prevent further spread and to give the Test and Protect teams the best possible chance of successfully breaking these chains of transmission”.

The First Minister said people should not travel to Aberdeen, but those who are already there can remain.

She added the changes will be reviewed next Wednesday, when she hopes they could be removed, either in entirety or in part.

Ms Sturgeon said they could be extended beyond that seven-day period if necessary.

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Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, she said the rise in cases has contributed to a greater fear there has been a “significant outbreak” in the city.

NHS Grampian has named 28 bars and restaurants, three golf clubs and a football club as venues visited by people linked to the cluster.

The bars and restaurants are The Bieldside Inn; The Bobbin; Brewdog; Buckie Farm Carvery; Cafe Andaluz; Cafe Dag; Cafe Drummond; The Cock and Bull; The College Bar; The Dutch Mill; Dyce Carvery; East End Social Club; Ferryhill House Hotel; The Hawthorn; The Howff, The Justice Mill, The Marine Hotel, McGinty’s; McNasty’s; Malmaison; Moonfish Cafe, No 10 Bar; O’Donoghues; Old Bank Bar; Prohibition; Soul; The Spiders Web, and The Draft Project.

Aboyne Golf Club, Deeside Golf Club, Hazlehead Golf Club and Banks O’ Dee Football Club were also cited by the health board.

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