A post-funeral wake-like gathering for a young man has been linked to an outbreak of coronavirus in Scotland, with the deceased's parents among the infected.

Close family and friends of 39-year-old Mark Deery from Kilcreggan, near Helensburgh, gathered at the local bowling club after his funeral on September 7.

But less than a week later, NHS Highland confirmed there were 13 cases linked to "a private event that took place at Cove and Kilcreggan Bowling Club on September 7".

Funeral wakes had been banned at the time under lockdown restrictions, with only a maximum of 20 mourners allowed to attend a service.

Restrictions to allow wakes of up to 20 people were only lifted on Monday.

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The cause of Mark's death has not yet been established, but is understood to be medical rather than an accident.

Last night his father Gerry said that both he and Mark's mum, Rose, had "both got it".

"We don't feel very well but we have not been hospitalised," he told the Daily Record.

"We are not 100% sure it originated at the funeral.

"It is a distinct possibility that the original root came from another location. I have got a fair idea where it was but I am not going to say."

He insisted the gathering was "not a wake", although admitted the bowling club had been booked for a private gathering after his son's funeral.

"There were 17 people at the funeral and we came back to the bowling club but some drifted away. It was just very close family and friends. You wouldn't call it a wake."

He also insisted that all coronavirus guidance was adhered to.

"Someone was in contact with some of us and several people contracted coronavirus, but it isn't a story," he said.

"What can you say about coronavirus? We don't know where it originated. I have no idea. The funeral parlour? That is very possible.

"It could have come in from Glasgow? Perhaps? It could have come in from Arrochar. We have no idea."

A spokesman for NHS Highland said: "NHS Highland has become aware of an outbreak of Covid-19 in the Kilcreggan area linked to a private event that took place at Cove and Kilcreggan Bowling Club on September 7.

"To date, there have been 13 confirmed cases linked to this situation.

"NHS Highland's Health Protection Team is undertaking case follow up in accordance with national guidance.

"Contact tracing is being carried out with all those identified as close contacts being advised to self-isolate."

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