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Lockdown to be reimposed in Aberdeen after coronavirus spike

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Lockdown measures are to be reimposed in the Aberdeen area after a spike in coronavirus cases, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Ms Sturgeon said 54 cases had been reported as part of a cluster of infections in Aberdeen.

She added the rise in cases had contributed to a greater fear there was a "significant outbreak" in the city.

Under the reimposed restrictions, residents in the Aberdeen area are being told to travel no more than five miles from their home and ordered not to enter each other's houses.

All indoor and outdoor hospitality has also been told to close by 5pm on Wednesday.

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The measures will be reviewed in a week's time, with Ms Sturgeon expressing her hope they could then be removed, either in entirety or in part.

However, if necessary, the first minister warned the restrictions could be extended beyond the initial seven-day period.

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Ms Sturgeon said she was aware the reimposition of lockdown measures was "deeply, deeply unwelcome news".

"The last thing we want to do is to reimpose these restrictions but this outbreak is reminding us just how highly infectious COVID-19 is," she added.

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