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Latest update: Spike in Greater Glasgow and Clyde Covid cases leads to restrictions being introduced

By David Porter

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As reported earliertoday an increasing number of cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

With a total of 135 new cases over the last few days First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had warned that action would have to be taken if cases continued to rise.

There are concerns that the level of Covid is high in three local authority areas, West Dunbartonshire, City of Glasgow and East Renfrewshire.

In contrast with Aberdeen, this transmission is happening inside people's homes rather than pubs and restaurants.

This evening the first minister confirmed that action would be taken -

From midnight tonight, September 1 the restrictions are as follows:

* People in the Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire local authority areas should not meet with people from other households in indoor household settings, whether in these areas or elsewhere. Members of different households can continue to meet outdoors, including in gardens, and in hospitality settings, provided all existing guidance is followed

* If anyone living in these areas is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, they and all those in their household group should self-isolate for 14 days

* Indoor visits to hospitals and care homes will be limited to essential visits only to protect the most vulnerable. Outdoor visits to care homes are permitted by three people from a maximum of two households, in line with current guidance.

Those households who have formed an extended household and people providing care and support – for example caring for an elderly family member or delivering shopping - can continue to meet indoors with enhanced hygiene measures in place.

People living in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire who were previously shielding are asked to be particularly vigilant.

Schools and nurseries will remain open, and plans for the opening of colleges and universities remain in place.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The rise in new Covid-19 cases in all three of these local authority areas is of significant concern and these figures remind us all that the virus has not gone away. We are at a stage of this pandemic where we must all act with extreme caution.

“Following discussions with local public health officials and local authorities, it is necessary to ask people in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire to limit their contact with other households.

“People living in these areas should not meet with other households in indoor household settings for at least two weeks, except where they are providing essential care and support, or have formed an extended household.

"People can continue to meet other households outside and in other settings but I would ask everyone to be extra vigilant, to follow all guidance and to isolate and book a test if they have any symptoms.

“Above all, I want to emphasise that getting a test – and even getting a negative result – is not a substitute for self-isolating.

"If you have symptoms, or if you are contacted by our Test and Protect team and told to do so, you will need to self-isolate.

“I understand this will not be welcome news for people living in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire but it is necessary to help us limit the spread of Covid-19.

"Acting now gives us the time and the space to protect people and get more control over the virus.”

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