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Coronavirus: Visiting restrictions reintroduced in Glasgow area

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Image copyright PA Media Restrictions on visiting other households are being reintroduced in the Glasgow area after an increase in cases of coronavirus.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move after 66 new positive tests were recorded in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.The restrictions will apply to people living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East…

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Restrictions on visiting other households are being reintroduced in the Glasgow area after an increase in cases of coronavirus.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the move after 66 new positive tests were recorded in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

The restrictions will apply to people living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.

They will be in place for two weeks, but will be reviewed after a week.

It is estimated that the restrictions will affect more than 800,000 people – 633,120 in Glasgow, 95,530 in East Renfrewshire and 88,930 in West Dunbartonshire.

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Ms Sturgeon said the transmission of the virus in the affected areas appeared mainly to be happening inside people’s homes and between households.

As a result, people in the three council areas should not host people from other households inside their homes or visit some else’s home.

The daily incidence rate of Covid-19 is now almost 33 new cases per 100,000 people in West Dunbartonshire, 22 in Glasgow and almost 19 in East Renfrewshire. The rate for the rest of Scotland is just over 10.

The local lockdown which was imposed in Aberdeen last month had been triggered by a rate of 14 cases per 100,000 population.

The first minister had earlier voiced concerns after the latest figures showed that 66 of the 154 new cases recorded in Scotland had been in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

There had been an average of eight cases a day in the same area in the first two weeks of August.

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