Cruise boats parked up at Balloch Bridge, Loch Lomondside.

By Democrat reporter

A further three people have tested positive for COVID-19, the local Health Board said this evening.

Their Incident Management Team met on a cluster of cases in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and confirmed the outbreak.

All three of these individuals are amongst known contacts of the earlier cases, and are already self-isolating.
This now takes the total to 11 and the IMT is contacting anyone who may be affected, but all of the premises where the virus is said to have clustered will be continuing to operate as notrmal.

The cases are being linked to people who were in the Queen of the Loch public house in Balloch; and are linked to it by Marston’s Inn, Lomond Woods Holiday Park and Sweeney’s Cruises at Balloch Bridge.
The cases are linked to the M&D Green pharmacy in John Wood Street, Port Glasgow and Amazon in Gourock.  Some of the cases visited the following locations during the period in which they may have been infectious to others:.

These include The Botany on Maryhill Road in Glasgow City, and The Queen of the Loch by Marston’s Inn, Lomond Woods Holiday Park and Sweeney’s Cruises in West Dunbartonshire.
Health and local environmental health staff are working closely with the all the businesses to trace any close contacts of the cases, and appropriate advice is being given to these individuals including on self-isolation.

All the businesses continue to operate including the pharmacy and are following the guidance on social distancing and other precautions to keep their customers and staff safe.
None of the cases or their contacts who are linked to the pharmacy are currently working there, and infection control measures in the pharmacy have been carefully reviewed. Anyone using the pharmacy or getting their medication from the pharmacy can be reassured that it is safe.
Dr Daniel Carter, Consultant in Public Health Medicine and Chair of the IMT, said:  “All those who have tested positive for COVID-19 are self-isolating and we are working with a number of businesses including a local pharmacy to trace any close contacts.”


  1. With people being required to wear face masks in shops and on buses it maybe comes as no surprise that this cluster of cases is linked to people meeting in close contact areas where masks are typically not worn.

    In certain places in Spain it seems that the beach, the boozer and clubbing have reignited the virus and it would be a tragedy if the boozer, or close contact sight seeing trips here were to reignite the virus.

    That there was a clamour to get the pub industry back into business this maybe is a timely reminder of our continuing need to maintain caution in our daily activities.


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