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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for following BBC Scotland's live page of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are today's headlines:

    We'll be back with the latest developments on Friday morning.

  2. BreakingMSPs agree emergency coronavirus powers

    MSPs have voted unanimously to give the Scottish government emergency powers to deal with the coronavirus crisis.

    Ministers agreed to drop controversial plans to hold more trials without juries during the virus lockdown.

    But other measures to keep the judicial system running and to protect tenants from being evicted have been passed as part of the emergency legislation.

    The government said the new powers would be used "exceptionally carefully" and would expire after six months.

  3. £1.4m raised for cash-strapped charities by Kiltwalk

    Hundreds of Scottish charities affected by the coronavirus outbreak will share £1.4m raised through the Glasgow Kiltwalk.

    Despite being forced to postpone the event, participants still collected £720,000 in donations and organiser Sir Tom Hunter has pledged to double the amount raised with funds from his charity foundation.

    Speaking to the BBC's Reporting Scotland, Sir Tom said he was “overwhelmed” at the response given so many ordinary Scots currently face financial difficulties.

    Sir Tom said his team was hearing that “some charities are really struggling to survive” in the wake of the virus outbreak.

  4. Banking help is coming too slowly says Sir Tom Hunter

    Sir Tom Hunter has called on the banks to speed up help for businesses left in the lurch by the coronavirus outbreak.

    The entrepreneur and philanthropist told BBC One Scotland's Reporting Scotland the support plans were “great at the top level but on the ground it is difficult”.

    He added: “It’s great at a strategic level but I get calls every single day with businesses saying, Tom the banks are saying it will take nine to 12 weeks and they want a personal guarantee.

    “Businesses don’t have that sort of time.”

  5. The latest from Holyrood...

    Philip Sim

    BBC Scotland political reporter

    MSPs have completed the amending stage of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill.

    Government amendments to cut controversial plans to hold more trials without juries were unanimously agreed.

    However proposals from the Greens to strengthen protections for tenants from eviction were voted down.

    And votes on cutting back government plans to extend deadlines for Freedom of Information requests came back tied despite all opposition parties backing them, meaning the amendments fell on the presiding officer’s casting vote.

    The parliament will now move to the final debate on the bill before members vote it through.

  6. Who is the nurse lending her name to the new virus hospital?

    Louisa Jordan

    She gave her life working on the front line of an epidemic that spread with such ferocity, it infected more than 1,500 people a day.

    Louisa Jordan is one of Scotland's treasured nurses.

    Her career was brief, cut short at age 36 - her final post was tending to wounded soldiers in Serbia in 1915, during the height of a typhus outbreak.

    The people of Serbia gather each year to commemorate her courage and sacrifice, as well as that of her colleagues.

    Now she will be honoured in her home city, as a temporary hospital designed to fight the coronavirus will be named NHS Louisa Jordan.

    Read more here.

  7. Millions of daffodils with nowhere to go

    Image caption: Millions of daffodils in the fields of Grampian Growers are ready to be picked

    Millions of daffodils are growing in fields in Angus, ready to be picked but unlikely to be.

    Scottish growers are counting the cost of not being able to harvest the flowers in the run up to the biggest demand period of the year.

    Between them, they’re unable to pick 500,000 bunches every day.

    Mark Clark from Grampian Growers says that equates to about £330,000 lost in the past five days.

    He says they aren’t getting clear advice from government and the police about whether their work is essential – so they’ve had to halt picking.

    He said: "The safety of pickers and packers, growers, the complete supply chain is the priority so we stopped picking on Friday.

    "There is about 65% of the crop still to go - about five million bunches still unpicked in the field.

    "In the run-up to Easter, galling would be an understatement as to how we feel having to walk away from a serious amount of flowers that are very much in demand."

  8. Sealed 'pods' to airlift coronavirus patients

    Epishuttle isolation system

    Sealed isolation pods will be used by the ambulance service in Scotland to safely airlift Covid-19 patients.

    The new adult-sized incubators, known as EpiShuttles, are currently being tested and are expected to come into use within days.

    Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said the technology will enable safe transport of patients while protecting crew members.

    She confirmed the ambulance service will kit out two Loganair twin otter planes with the shuttles, one by Friday and the other within two weeks, which will provide airlifts from islands with appropriate landing facilities.

    The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) said so far eight shuttles have been bought, two of which have been received and are currently being tested.

    A further two are expected to arrive on April 17 and four more by mid-May, costing more than £500,000 in total.

  9. No panda breeding in Edinburgh this year

    Panda at Edinburgh Zoo

    Edinburgh Zoo says it won’t attempt giant panda breeding this year.

    It says whilst the artificial insemination process is routine, it requires a specialist support team and vets are respecting social distancing advice providing emergency care only.

    The zoo says giant pandas have a short conception window, usually a few days in spring.

    It’s discussing next steps with colleagues in China and directing the public to its panda-cam facility so people can still watch keepers caring for animals while the zoo is closed.

  10. Humour amid lockdown in the Highlands - Nessie taking no chances

    Steven McKenzie

    BBC Scotland Highlands and Islands reporter

    Nessie sculpture
    Image caption: The Nessie sculpture on Dores Road in Inverness

    Highlanders have clung on to their sense humour as the lockdown in Scotland enters its second week.

    A face mask added to a Nessie sculpture on the city's Dores Road in the initial days of the outbreak in Scotland remains in place.

    Meanwhile a sign at a boarded up pub in Inverness reads: "No booze, cash or toilet roll left on the premises".

    The number of confirmed cases in NHS Highland area is 58, according to the latest information from the Scottish government - seven more than recorded on Tuesday.

    In the Western Isles there are three. NHS Western Isles confirmed there were two cases on Tuesday.

  11. MSPs halt work on transgender law reforms

    Trans rights

    Reforms to the Gender Recognition Act have been halted by the Scottish government as priority is given to tackling the coronavirus crisis.

    MSPs are focusing on emergency measures to deal with the pandemic and Holyrood meetings have been cut back.

    Government business manager Graeme Dey said this "regrettably" meant that work on many others bills has to be stopped.

    This includes work on a tourist tax, Gender Recognition Act reforms and Holyrood's own Brexit legislation.

    Read more here.

  12. The similarities with the 1964 Aberdeen typhoid outbreak

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: The similarities with 1964 Aberdeen typhoid outbreak

    Washing your hands, social isolation, and lost business - the 1964 typhoid outbreak in Aberdeen had many similarities to the current coronavirus crisis.

    The Granite City was brought to its knees by the largest typhoid outbreak in recent British history.

    More than 500 people of all ages had to be quarantined in hospital. Most patients spent many weeks there until they were allowed home.

    The outbreak was contained without a single related death.

    The infection was eventually traced back to a single tin of Argentinean corned beef sold in a supermarket.

  13. Amazon worker tests positive for Covid-19

    An Amazon worker at it’s Fife warehouse site has tested positive for Covid-19.

    The distribution company said it was supporting the Dunfermline worker who was now in quarantine.

    An Amazon spokeswoman said: “We have implemented proactive measures at our facilities to protect employees including increased cleaning at all facilities, maintaining social distance, and adding distance between drivers and customers when making deliveries."

  14. Man charged over alleged coughing incident

    A 60-year-old man has been charged in relation to an alleged coughing incident in Aberdeenshire.

    Police said it was reported in a car park in the Burn Lane area of Inverurie on Wednesday morning.

    Police Scotland said the man allegedly deliberately coughed at another man following an argument.

    A report has been sent to the procurator fiscal.

  15. Sharma: Thoughts and prayers with victims

    Alok Sharma

    UK government business secretary Alok Sharma is giving an update on the coronavirus situation in the daily press conference.

    He starts by confirming the latest infection figures and number of deaths, which were announced earlier.

    He says 2,352 people who tested positive for the virus have died in UK hospitals, a rise of 563 on yesterday’s figure.

    He adds that a total of 152,979 people have been tested for the virus, of whom 29,474 returned a positive result.

    The number of people currently in hospital with the virus has risen to 10,767, the largest numbers in London and West Midlands.

    He says “all our thoughts and prayers” are with those who have lost loved ones, adding that the death of a 13-year-old shows the virus is indiscriminate in who it targets.

  16. Coronavirus : There are now a total of 2,353 deaths in the UK, with 76 of those in Scotland

    A further 563 patients with coronavirus have died in the UK, taking the total number of deaths in hospitals to 2,352.

    In Scotland, a further 16 people with Covid-19 have died, bringing the total to 76.

  17. Wimbledon cancellation is 'disappointing but inevitable'

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Judy Murray

    Judy Murray says the cancellation of this year's Wimbledon is "disappointing" but it has been inevitable since the postponement of the summer Olympics.

    Speaking to John Beattie on BBC Radio Scotland's Drivetime, the mother of Andy and Jamie Murray said the organisers' priority would have been public health.

    "There are bigger things at play and if we have to wait another year, we have to wait another year," she added.

    She said she was sure that Andy would play Wimbledon again.

    "Andy is 33. Federer is still going strong at 38. There's no reason - so long as he's fit and healthy - that he can't play again."

  18. MSPs begin amending Coronavirus Bill

    Holyrood Live

    BBC Parliaments

    Presiding Officer Ken Mactinosh

    Having agreed its general principles earlier, MSPs now begin the task of amending the Coronavirus Bill.

    59 Stage 2 amendments have been lodged. The marshalled list is here and groupings are here.

    What is in this new bill, and how is it going to work?

    • it gives people who rent their homes increased protection from eviction
    • The Scottish government has dropped plans to hold more trials without juries
    • provision for the early release of some prisoners from jails if staff levels fall dangerously low
    • relaxed rules for local authorities, including longer deadlines for planning and licensing decisions and to respond to Freedom of Information requests
  19. Deaths are doubling roughly every three days

    Marc Ellison

    Data journalist, BBC Scotland

    The Scottish government confirmed a further 16 coronavirus deaths in Scotland, taking the total to 76. But what does this mean and how does it compare to other European countries' death rates?

    This graph shows the cumulative number of deaths by day since the tenth death. It also illustrates how Scotland's death rate compares to a select number of other European countries.


    While today marked its highest daily coronavirus-related death toll to date, Scotland's trajectory is actually not as steep as countries such as Spain or Germany.

    In Scotland, the number of deaths is doubling roughly every three days, compared to a doubling of deaths around every two days in Spain (at least before their curve started to level).

    The hope is we will see a flattening of Scotland's own curve as we see the knock-on effects of self-isolation and social-distancing.