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  1. That's it for today

    We'll be back with more live updates on the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis in Scotland on Sunday morning.

    Stay safe and stick to the rules.

  2. Stations quiet as people heed stay at home rules

    Both ScotRail and Network Rail have been tweeting pictures of unusually quiet platforms across Scotland.

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  3. TV reporter demonstrates social distancing

    Jamie McIvor

    The BBC's Jamie McIvor was careful to keep his interviewees at least two metres away while preparing his report for Saturday's Reporting Scotland.

  4. A recap of some of the developments on Saturday

    • Another seven people in Scotland with coronavirus were confirmed to have died, taking the total to 40
    • The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Scotland now stands at 1,245, up 186 on Friday
    • Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said he was showing coronavirus symptoms and was self-isolating at home in Dumfries and Galloway
    • Police are hunting a teenager who coughed on a health worker heading home after work in Aberdeenshire
    • The Scottish government said dogs from self-isolating households should be kept on a lead in public places
    • Scotland's clinical director said the NHS 24 service was under pressure - and urged people only to use the 111 line if their symptoms get worse
  5. How fast have cases been increasing in Scotland?

    This graph shows how the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has been growing each day since the 1 March.

    It is normal to see occasional dips in the early stages of an outbreak like this, but the trend will be upwards until the number of cases begins to flatten.

    Some estimates say the UK will not start to see a decreasing number of cases until the end of June or July.

    graph
  6. Help for tourism and hospitality sectors

    The Scottish government has highlighted how a multi-billion pound support package for the Scottish economy will help the hospitality and tourism sectors.

    The measures include:

    • a year’s non-domestic rates relief for the sector,
    • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief,
    • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000, including self-catering accommodation and caravans.

    Rural Economy and Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing warned this would "almost certainly be the worst period for Scottish tourism in living memory".

    He added: "Events outwith our control mean that the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of people are at risk and that serious and prolonged harm will be done to a sector which has been a genuine success story for our economy."

    Mr Ewing added that the Scottish government is "treating this as an economic emergency with a scale and duration that is difficult to predict".

  7. First minister tries her hand at home barbering

    With barbers and hairdressers closed during the outbreak, Nicola Sturgeon has been giving her husband a trim.

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    Ms Sturgeon's spouse, SNP chief executive officer Peter Murrell, appears to have received a close crop with the clippers.

  8. Post update

    Prof Stephen Powis, Medical Director of NHS England, has issued a direct warning to the public:

    "Now is the time to really, really lockdown and hone-down on what we've been asked to do."

    On the day the UK's deaths reached 1,019, he says the death toll won't stop rising out of luck.

    He adds: "It's not someone else's responsibility, it's all of our responsibilities."

    Prof Powis adds that he is "confident for several reasons" that the virus can be kept under control.

    "That is a simple set of maths. If we comply with the measures, we will see a drop." However, he adds that now is "not the time to be complacent".

    Wrapping up, Prof Powis continues: "I cannot emphasise enough to everybody watching today that you have the chance to save a life.

    "Avoid contact with others where you can. Stay at home. If you're symptomatic isolate - and that will result in fewer deaths and less pressure on the NHS. It is that stark for all of us."

  9. Johnson 'leading response from the front'

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is showing mild symptoms of the coronavirus but is "absolutely leading the response from the front", Business Secretary Alok Sharma says.

    "He continues to lead the government's effort in combating Covid-19. This morning he held a video conference call and he will continue to lead right from the front on this.

    "I think the one thing this has reminded us is no-one is immune."

  10. 'If we keep deaths under 20,000 we will have done well'

    NHS England medical director Prof Stephen Powis says if the death toll in the UK is kept below 20,000, "we will have done very well". It was "possible to get on top of this virus", he added.

    press conference
  11. Sharma: More hand sanitizer 'in days'

    Mr Sharma adds that by reducing red tape the government hopes to get more hand sanitiser to the market quickly.

    He adds that suppliers will be able to bring the product to market in a matter of days.

  12. Sharma: Insolvency system changes will help

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma says the government will change elements of the insolvency system to help UK companies keep trading.

    He says legislation will be introduced soon to allow UK companies to "weather the storm" of the virus.

    There will be a temporary suspension of wrongful trading provisions for company directors to remove the threat of personal liability during the pandemic.

    Companies required to hold annual general meetings will also get help – either being able to postpone or hold the AGM online.

  13. Staff can defer annual leave for two years, Sharma says

    Mr Sharma says that workers can now defer their annual leave for another two years.

    "This will protect staff from losing out, while providing businesses with flexibility when they need it most."

    He adds that banks are processing thousands of applications for loans designed to help businesses with an annual turnover below £45m.

    And he adds local authorities are beginning to receive funds in order to distribute as grants to small and medium businesses.

  14. Sharma: Insolvency system changes will help

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma says the UK government will change elements of the insolvency system to help UK companies keep trading.

    He says legislation will be introduced soon to allow UK companies to "weather the storm" of the virus.

    There will be a temporary suspension of wrongful trading provisions for company directors to remove the threat of personal liability during the pandemic.

    Companies required to hold annual general meetings will also get help – either being able to postpone or hold the AGM online.

    Alok Sharma
  15. Downing Street briefing begins

    Alok Sharma

    Saturday's UK government press conference is under way.

    We're joined by Business Secretary Alok Sharma and NHS England medical director, Prof Stephen Powis.

    Mr Sharma, the former international development secretary, was only appointed to his latest role last month. He has also been given the key job of running the UN's next big climate summit in Glasgow which is scheduled in November.

    Mr Sharma tells business leaders he "appreciates just how tough the situation is", due to the government's measures.

    He tells them: "You are delivering for our nation through this difficult time".

    And says the government is working to make help available as soon as possible.

    These Downing Street briefings are now taking place via video conference - with journalists appearing on a screen.

  16. What’s happened so far today?

    • Global infections have topped 600,000. According to latest figures by Johns Hopkins University, the number of deaths in Europe has surpassed 20,000.
    • Here in the UK, fatalities have risen by 260, bringing the total to 1,019. Business Secretary Alok Sharma is set to deliver the press briefing at 16:00GMT.
    • Spain’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 832 in 24 hours, bringing it to 5,690. However the number of people recovering from the virus is also increasing, with a total of 12,285 out of over 72,000 cases.
    • The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, has partially reopened after more than two months in isolation.
    • South Korea says it has more people who have recovered from the virus than infected.
    • The US has approved rapid testing kits. They will be able to detect coronavirus within five minutes.
    • The USNS Comfort, a US Navy hospital ship will leave Virginia on Saturday and station itself in New York City, the epicentre of the US outbreak, to help it cope with an overload of patients.
    • The Indian government has defended its handling of the outbreak after a strict lockdown left millions without food. India's population of 1.3 billion was given less than four hours' notice of the three-week lockdown on Tuesday.