Aberdeen lockdown: Scots giving fake names and numbers to test and trace, says ...

SCOTLAND has seen its first local lockdown in Aberdeen after 54 cases were reported in the area as an SNP MP explained the public have been giving nicknames and fake phone numbers to the test and trace system.

PUBLISHED: 22:44, Wed, Aug 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:44, Wed, Aug 5, 2020

A five-mile travel rule has been put in place around Aberdeen and residents are being told not to enter each other's houses as a rise in cases was confirmed by Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday. The measures, which apply to the Aberdeen City area, will be backed by Government regulations, the First Minister said, and will be enforced if the rules are not followed. Stephen Flynn, SNP MP for Aberdeen South, has since revealed Scots have been giving incorrect information to test and trace.


Speaking to LBC, Mr Flynn said: "I don't think it's necessarily the time to apportion blame.

"We need to take this opportunity to have a robust conversation between the licensed trade and the local authorities about what has been happening in the city centre.

"We've seen a number of images of large groups of people outside licensed venues.

"We've heard anecdotal evidence of large groups of people inside venues watching the football over the weekend.

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Aberdeen lockdownAberdeen lockdown: A five-mile travel rule has been put in place around the area (Image: PA)

Nicola SturgeonNicola Sturgeon announced the Aberdeen lockdown on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

"We heard of providing duff information to track and trace, nicknames, false numbers.

"None of these things have been helpful and we need to have an increased level of personal responsibility."

The Scottish Government later announced that visits to hospitals and care homes from a named family member or friend will be stopped, with only essential visits being allowed.

The decision was taken following a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SCOR), which also included leaders of Aberdeen City

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