Aberdeen University Covid-19 cases linked to pub

An outbreak of Covid-19 cases at Aberdeen University have been linked to a local pub.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 7:30 am
An outbreak has been linked to the popular student pub
An outbreak has been linked to the popular student pub

Many students at the university had visited The Bobbin pub on King Street.

There have been 62 positive cases in Aberdeen connected to the university.

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A spokesman for NHS Grampian said: “A multi-agency investigation is ongoing into 62 cases of Covid-19 identified within the University of Aberdeen student population.

“This figure includes those living in various locations, including university halls of residents, private flats and private halls elsewhere.

“The cases are currently not being treated as a single cluster. Investigations are ongoing and efforts are being made to identify any linkages between them.

“We are aware of a number of cases who have attended at The Bobbin, on King Street, Aberdeen, on or after September 17.

“Aberdeen City Council officers have visited the premises and informed the IMT they are satisfied with the measures in place. The bar has provided full customer lists at the request of the IMT for Test & Protect tracing.

“There is currently no evidence of spread to the wider community and, working with the university, various control measures have been implemented in an effort to curb the risk of any further transmission.”

Meanwhile, there has been an increase in coronavirus cases in Dundee, linked to the two universities’ student housing.

There is a total of 72 positive cases at Dundee University in Parker house – an increase of four from Monday.

At Abertay University, there had been an increase of eight cases at Meadowside Halls, taking the total to 16.

Dr Daniel Chandler, associate director of public health at NHS Tayside, said: “We are continuing to work closely with our colleagues to monitor this ongoing situation and to ensure there is support in place for students should they need it.

“There have been no reports of positive cases experiencing serious illness or complications.

“Contact tracing is continuing and I would encourage all students who develop symptoms to self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible.

“I would also urge students who test positive to provide us with feedback on their most recent contacts as soon as possible.

“This information will help our contact tracing efforts to track and limit the spread of the virus.

“I would like to once again thank the student population of Tayside for their continued support and understanding at this time.”