THERE are now 165 cases of coronavirus related to a cluster in Aberdeen, a rise of eight since yesterday.

Initially connected to a city centre bar, there are now fears the rising number of cases means the outbreak is significant and could involve community transmission.

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There are now 19,079 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Scotland, an increase of 52 in the past 24 hours.

Of these figures, 27 of are in the NHS Grampian area which covers Aberdeen. 

At the coronavirus briefing, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that 875 contacts have been traced in Abderdeen.

The FM said health workers are "likely to identify new cases and contacts” in coming days.

She said the rate of increase of the virus in Aberdeen was slowing down but the Scottish Government “remains very vigilant”.

Aberdeen faces tighter lockdown restrictions than the rest of Scotland due to the Covid-19 outbreak there.

Last week Sturgeon announced the new rules as case numbers grew rapidly. Indoor and outdoor hospitality venues were closed, people were advised not to go inside other people’s homes and those not living in the city were advised not to visit.

A review is due on Wednesday on whether the extra measures will be lifted.