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BBC Scotland News

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  1. That's all from the live update team for tonight

    We'll be back tomorrow morning to bring you all the latest on developments overnight as Scotland begins its first weekend in lockdown.

    Until then, stay inside and stay safe.

  2. Stay at home plea as virus death toll rises

    The first minister has urged people to stay in this weekend as she revealed that eight more people with coronavirus had died in Scotland.

    Nicola Sturgeon said the total number of deaths now stood at 33.

    There have been 1,059 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Scotland - an increase of 165 since Thursday.

    Chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said the actual number of people infected in Scotland could be more than 65,000.

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  3. Unused college canteen food donated to foodbanks

    Colleges across the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) network have donated unused produce from canteens to foodbanks.

    With campuses shutting their doors to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, catering staff have handed over foodstuffs including fruit, vegetables, pasta, milk, bread and eggs to charities around the region.

    Orkney College UHI donated items to Orkney Foodbank, Inverness College UHI gave provisions to Inverness Foodstuff at Ness Bank Church.

    West Highland College UHI in Fort William has given produce to Lochaber Foodbank and Perth College UHI handed over supplies to Anchor House.

    Moray College UHI in Elgin has donated surplus goods to Moray Foodbank and Argyll College UHI made a delivery to Hope Kitchen in Oban.

    Foodbank delivery
    Image caption: Unused food being dropped off at a foodbank in Oban
  4. Dumfries and Galloway Council pledges 'we will do what we can' to ease financial pressure

    Council HQ

    The local authority met today to look at how to share out its £1.48m slice of the Scottish government hardship fund.

    It agreed a range of priority areas such as housing, food and connectivity.

    Council leader Elaine Murray urged community groups to get in touch if they knew of areas where people needed help.

    "Council members are committed to leading our region through this crisis and sustaining support in the longer term," she said.

  5. Zoos bringing you 'up close' with animals while social distancing

    Iain Macinnes, BBC Scotland

    Scotland's zoos and wildlife parks are closed. But some of them have been coming up with innovative ways to keep up a social connection.

    Blair Drummond Safari Park is doing weekly online live broadcasts, offering viewers a chance to meet the keeper and learn about their animals.

    Online broadcast from Blair Drummond Safari Park
    Quote Message: We are a little bit disappointed that we can’t show off our animals to visitors at the moment - and obviously children aren’t getting to school - so the idea behind it was to bring the animals to the children and let them see them up close, a little bit of fun throughout the day from Shonagh Bell Keeper
    Shonagh BellKeeper

    At Edinburgh Zoo they are also conscious of ensuring the animals themselves are kept safe.

    Darren McGarrysaid: “For non-human primates - the chimps and the apes - there is a risk of them catching the virus.

    “They do catch the common cold, and for those species we are extra vigilant in their protection.”

  6. Glasgow and Aberdeen airports shutting down most operations

    Glasgow and Aberdeen airports are shutting down most of their operations from 1 April - putting some workers on furlough, while proposing pay cuts for all staff.

    Their owner AGS says repatriation flights are nearly complete.

    And while restricting operations, they will continue to provide for vital links with the Highlands and Islands, for air ambulances and for helicopter connections with offshore oil and gas platforms.

    Plane landing
  7. Voucher scheme to provide free school meals

    Highland Council is to provide e-vouchers to families that received free school meals.

    For most of the more than 4,000 children involved it will give them access to food at their local supermarket.

    Some restrictions do apply as the e-vouchers cannot be used to purchase age restricted products such as tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets and fuel.

    The vouchers are to be made available from 30 March.

  8. Matalan asks staff to take annual leave after closures

    Matalan has been criticised for asking staff to take annual leave after temporarily closing its stores.

    A letter to workers from the retailer says that, “in order to ensure you continue to receive pay in the short term, we would encourage you to use any outstanding annual leave for this week and next”.

    The letter also says staff can bring forward leave from the next holiday year to do so, or take unpaid time off.

    Livingston MP Hannah Bardell said: "Matalan needs to look again at the guidelines.

    "This is not a holiday for people, many are caring for sick relatives or looking after their children.Workers will feel like they have little choice but to accept this."

    The letter from Matalan says the firm is “working really hard to maintain business and protect our colleagues”.

    letter from Matalan to staff
  9. MP calls for action on 'junk mail' post deliveries.

    North Ayrshire and Arran MP Patricia Gibson says posties are rightly being classed as essential workers - but she says they shouldn't be asked to deliver junk mail during the coronavirus crisis.

    Royal Mail van
    Quote Message: This mail is mostly useless at the best of times, never mind during a national crisis and postal workers must be protected by only being asked to deliver essential mail, thus reducing their chances of catching and spreading the deadly coronavirus to their families. from Patricia Gibson North Ayrshire and Arran MP
    Patricia GibsonNorth Ayrshire and Arran MP

    The MP has written to the UK government asking for such non-essential deliveries to be stopped.

  10. Police will use fine powers 'if necessary'


    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf told BBC Reporting Scotland police will not use on-the-spot fines as a "first step."

    Instead, he said officers will initially question people and, if required, direct them home.

    But Mr Yousaf added: "Of course, that power to use the fines will be one that Police Scotland will use, if necessary."

  11. Humza Yousaf: 'Go to places within walking distance'

    Humza Yousaf
    Quote Message: The advice, absolutely, is to go to places within walking distance. If you do drive to some place to do that exercise then the police may well stop you to ask what you are doing. from Humza Yousaf Scottish Justice Secretary
    Humza YousafScottish Justice Secretary
  12. Coming up on Reporting Scotland: Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf

    Humza Yousaf

    Scotland's justice secretary will be answering questions on the new powers given to police to enforce the coronavirus lockdown.

    It comes after Police Scotland's chief constable said officers would take a “common sense” approach to the new powers.

    Read more here.