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By BBC Scotland News

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Thanks for following us for the latest Scottish news on the coronavirus pandemic.

    Here's a summary of the main developments today:

    • Scotland's death toll reaches 47, with 108 people currently in intensive care
    • The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow could be in operation as a temporary hospital within two weeks
    • Nicola Sturgeon says several NHS screening programmes – including breast, cervical and bowel – are suspended, so health staff can further concentrate on the battle against coronavirus
    • A new campaign is launched, bringing together volunteers with the health and care sectors
    • Police issued 25 fixed penalty notices to people not complying with social distancing rules over the weekend

    We'll be back tomorrow morning with more live updates. Good night.

  2. New justice centre to be 'hub' during virus fight

    Inverness Justice Centre
    Image caption: The new Inverness Justice Centre

    The new Inverness Justice Centre has opened.

    The building in the city's Longman means courts business can cease at Inverness Castle. The castle is eventually to be turned into a tourist attraction.

    The immediate focus of the Inverness Justice Centre will be for the Crown and courts service to "prioritise critical business" during the coronavirus outbreak.

    It will operate as one of 10 court "hubs" supporting the delivery of justice services during the pandemic.

    Courts have already ceased jury trials, adjourned all but essential criminal and civil hearings to reduce the need for physical attendance at court.

  3. Virus resources centre set up on Barra

    A respiratory assessment and Covid-19 treatment resource centre has been set up in Barra's Castlebay School and Leisure Centre.

    The Western Isles is the only NHS area without a confirmed case.

    The new centre has been set up as a precautionary measure for Barra and Vatersay due to "limited resources" and distance from hospital care in the Western Isles.

    Local authority Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said it was set up at the request of NHS Western Isles.

  4. NHS Dumfries and Galloway confirms first Covid-19 deaths

    A short statement from the health board announced the news with "great sadness".

    It said it was not sharing any further details due to the small number of deaths involved and to respect confidentiality.

    Chief executive Jeff Ace said: “Our thoughts are very much with the families and friends of those who have died.

    “Sadly, we are expecting the number of deaths due to Covid-19 to increase significantly over the coming days and weeks."

  5. Cancer screening programmes paused

    On the decision to pause three cancer-screening programmes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Ms Freeman said it was the “safest thing to do”.

    A number of patients are missing appointments because of the lockdown and some programmes, such as breast screening, are “impossible” to run and observe social distancing rules, explained the health secretary.

    Ms Freeman said cancer treatment was continuing and people should contact their GP if they had any concerns or possible cancer symptoms.

  6. Alcohol NOT banned in the UK

    Reality Check

    A false message has been shared by social media users in the UK saying alcohol has been banned.

    It shows an announcement with the UK government and the National Health Service logos at the top, claiming that under “emergency legislation” the NHS has ordered a ban on the sale, purchase and consumption of alcohol after discovering that it “lowers immunity".

    There is no such ban on the sale, purchase or consumption of alcohol in the UK, although the government has told pubs, clubs and restaurants to close.

    But off-licences, other licensed shops and supermarkets have been allowed to stay open.

    So far, South Africa is the only country to implement a nationwide alcohol ban as part of measures to combat Covid-19.

    Fake news
  7. 'We hope to never have to use it'

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said she “never imagined’ she would be taking decisions like the one to create a temporary hospital at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow.

    Speaking to Reporting Scotland, she said: “It is sensible for us to take a contingency planning decision.

    “We hope we do not need to use the temporary hospital as we have already created extra capacity in our NHS estate.”

  8. Cancer charity accepts screening decision

    The charity Breast Cancer Now says it accepts the decision to suspend routine screening is "necessary".

    Its Scottish head Tom Berry said:

    “The difficult decision to suspend breast screening in Scotland in light of the coronavirus outbreak may cause significant concern for many women and we now need to do all we can to support them through the coming months.

    "This is not a decision that will have been taken lightly, but it is a necessary step in both limiting the risk of infection for women of screening age and helping free up emergency resource for the NHS to respond to the crisis."

  9. Work gets under way on temporary hospital

    Fiona McQueen, chief nursing officer for Scotland, shares the first pictures of the emergency hospital being built in Glasgow's Scottish Event Campus.

    View more on twitter
  10. More than 21,000 sign up for Scotland Cares campaign

    Connor Gillies

    BBC Scotland

    More than 21,000 Scots have now signed up to volunteer as part of the new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign.

    The website, where people can pledge their support, only launched this morning.

    More than 8,000 volunteers have signed up through the Red Cross while a further 11,000 people have indicated they want to work with existing charities and groups.

    The Scottish Government says there are also around 2,000 people who have suggested they have the skills and qualifications to work in the NHS.

    Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I want to thank each and every person who has registered an interest.

    “The offer of support at this critical time is invaluable.

    “The response we have had to this call for applications is indicative I think of a wider point – many people across Scotland are responding to this difficult period by showing a sense of community and solidarity."

  11. Film festival moves online in order to proceed

    Giancarlo Rinaldi

    South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

    Film still

    The 10th Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in the Borders has confirmed it will go ahead - by moving online.

    Public elements of the Hawick-based event have been cancelled but films will be screened free to view between 1 and 3 May.

    Creative director Michael Pattison said: "It's been a turbulent few weeks, and like many festivals and arts organisations we have been faced with some very difficult decisions.

    "It became clear very quickly that we would have to cancel the public element of our 10th anniversary festival, but we wanted to make sure that we could continue to celebrate the many great filmmakers whose work we were planning to showcase.”

  12. Golf clubs facing huge financial challenges

    Tyrone Smith

    BBC Scotland

    Brora Golf Club

    The president of Brora Golf Club has told of the financial challenges faced by his other golf club's across Scotland.

    Scottish golf has gone into temporary shutdown mode. This has left many clubs, including Brora, facing an uncertain future, and a financial black hole that needs to be plugged.

    Andy Stewart told BBC Scotland: "When we first heard about the virus we knew there were going to be implications for the golf club, as the world woke up to what the implications were, we realised that there was going to be no travel this year.

    "Our expected income was expected to be over £300,000 and if no visitors are going to be coming this year, which is the worst case scenario that we have to consider, then that lets you see the size of the challenge that we have. We have got make up that shortfall somehow."

    Golf clubs that have been forced in to temporary closure because of the coronavirus outbreak are able to apply for a one-off Scottish government grant of £25,000.

  13. 'Premature' to predict how long 'lockdown' lasts

    Sir Patrick Vallance

    The UK's chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance says it would be "premature" to try to predict how long social distancing rules will have to be kept in place.

    Sir Patrick said measures were having a "very big effect" on the level of contact between people - illustrated by a "dramatic" fall in use of transport - which should help "delay the transmission" of coronavirus.

    He also said the UK is "tracking alongside France" and behind Italy in terms of deaths of patients with the virus.

  14. UK citizens stranded abroad to be flown home

    Tens of thousands of UK citizens stranded abroad by the coronavirus pandemic are to be flown home under a new arrangement between the government and airlines.

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the move while leading the UK government’s daily Covid-19 update and press conference in the place of Boris Johnson, who is in isolation after testing positive for the virus.

    He said ministers had struck a deal with airlines including British Airways, Virgin and EasyJet to “help British travellers get home”.

    The government has also pledged £75m to arrange special charter flights to bring home UK nationals stuck in countries where commercial flights are not available.

    Dominic Raab
  15. Coronavirus forces by-election to be postponed

    A by-election in Aberdeen has been postponed due to coronavirus measures.

    The Kincorth / Nigg / Cove vote - to replace the SNP's Stephen Flynn after he became the Aberdeen South MP - was due to take place on 14 May.

    Aberdeen City Council said the new polling day was now 5 November.

    Stephen Flynn
  16. Why are planes still flying?

    Plane taking off from Heathrow Airport

    A number of global airlines are still running passenger flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Why are planes still flying?

    Plane taking off from Heathrow Airport

    A number of global airlines are still running passenger flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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  17. Coronavirus rainbows bring colour to Portobello

    Hope Webb

    News reporter

    This display has appeared at a home on Bath Street in Edinburgh’s Portobello.

    The colourful art thanks health care workers working on the front line during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically highlighting an “Auntie Sarah”.

    It’s one of many tributes being created across the country to recognise the dedication of NHS workers combating coronavirus.

    Rainbow
  18. Volunteers sign up 'to help those in greater need'

    Connor Gillies

    BBC Scotland

    Angela Hamilton

    Angela Hamilton from Cumbernauld is one of the 10,000 Scots who signed up to be an NHS volunteer within hours of the website going live this morning.

    She told BBC Scotland “I signed up because I want to help those who are vulnerable and those who are in greater need at the moment within our community”.

    Sarah Cameron

    Sarah Cameron works with the Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer Service (ScotSERV) who help transport patients to and from Scotland’s largest hospital campus, the QEUH in Glasgow.

    At the moment the volunteers are playing a crucial role in taking coronavirus testing samples from A to B.

    Responding to the surge in volunteers coming forward, Sarah said: “Thank you. It’s really hopeful to see so many people willing to come out and help the NHS.

    “When this is all over we will still be here and we hope many people will continue with supporting volunteers”.