A ‘superspreader’ is believed to have carried on partying despite knowing close pals she had been on holiday with were suffering symptoms of coronavirus – sparking a cluster of infections.
Ayrshire in Scotland now has a confirmed cluster of 22 cases of Covid-19 linked back to house parties with a major track and trace operation underway.
It is feared a young woman ignored advice to self-isolate after two friends she had been on holiday abroad with were ill with coronavirus symptoms.
The pals returned from their getaway on August 21, but despite knowing her friends were suffering symptoms and were self-isolating, the woman is accused of continuing to socialise at parties and pubs in Ayr, South Ayrshire.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source said: “She has been to several parties, one of them was in Kilmarnock.
“She knew that her other friends were self-isolating, it’s disgusting.”
Another source said that the woman visited pubs in Ayr before testing positive for Covid-19.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran Test and Protect Team are starting to contact those connected to the house parties.
Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director said: “NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Health Protection Team is currently conducting a contact tracing exercise following a number of individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) infection.
“These positive cases have been linked to a number of house parties.”
Yesterday, Scotland reported a three-month high in coronavirus cases, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying the troubling news was “undoubtedly a concern”.
The First Minister said she felt “a greater sense of anxiety” than at any time “probably for the last couple of months” after 160 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in a 24-hour period.