During her daily coronavirus press conference Scotland’s First Minister stated that some younger people are gathering with little to no social distancing in place. The SNP’s leader added that she had seen pictures over the weekend that made her want to cry as Scotland continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis.
Ms Sturgeon said: “We have seen a few of these clusters now and unfortunately it is very likely that we will see more of them in the weeks ahead.
“This particular cluster in Aberdeen is if I’m honest exactly what we feared when we reopened hospitality.
“It is what I was talking about last week when I urged people to think carefully about just how often you need to go to a pub or a restaurant right now and also about the care you should be taking while you are there.
“Of course it is not just this incident in Aberdeen across the country and across social media we are seeing evidence of people and it is largely younger people gathering together with little to know social distancing in place.
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“I have seen pictures on social media over this weekend not to put to fine of a point on it but that made me want to cry looking at them.”
She added: “I know what a hard slog it is every single day right now to try and keep this virus under control that is felt here by people working in the Scottish Government but even more so by people working test and protect and our local public health teams across the country.
“It is a hard slog by many of the businesses doing the right thing and of course members of the public who continue to make hard sacrifices right now.
“Every time one person throws caution to the wind and flouts the rules the reality is that they put all of us at risk and they make the job of everybody working to control this virus that much harder.”
Worldwide there have been more than 18.2 million COVID-19 cases.
The death toll has reached more than 690,000.
More than 11.4 million people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.
The US has the most COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 4.8 million.