Rise in Covid-19 cases in Glasgow pubs since lockdown measures tightened

Number of positive tests on the rise in the city’s hospitality sector – but “not a major outbreak”, according to NHS.

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 7:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 8:24 am

Glasgow coronavirus cases connected to pubs have risen since restrictions on visits to other homes were reintroduced, according to the health board.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GGC) said numbers of positive tests were on the up in the city’s hospitality sector, although there were no major outbreaks.

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Lockdown restrictions on household visits across Glasgow and other western parts of Scotland were continued for a further week on Monday, having first been introduced on September 1.

Coronavirus cases linked to pubs in Glasgow have increased since restrictions on visits to other homes were reintroduced.

Dr Linda de Caestecker, NHS GGC director of public health, said: “We are seeing increased number of cases in this area, often due to house parties but some also relate to visits to bars and restaurants.

“Nobody wants to see pubs and restaurants have to close down again.

“When we examine the rate per 100,000 population it is highest in West Dunbartonshire where many cases relate to family gatherings and parties.

“The next highest rate is in Glasgow City where more cases are associated with visits to bars and restaurants.

“Only the Inverclyde rate is remaining relatively low at present.”

The health board later clarified that there were more cases from pubs in Glasgow than previously, meaning increasing numbers linked to such premises but “not a major outbreak”.

It added that the rate of transmission remained higher in visiting other households.

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