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  1. 'Virtual church' and lockdown on Loch Lomond

    We'll wrap up our live coverage today with a few pictures from around Scotland on this Easter Sunday.

    Father Tom Devlin prepares to celebrate Easter Sunday mass at at St Bridget"s RC Church in the parish of St Ambrose in Baillieston, Glasgow
    Image caption: Father Tom Devlin prepares for a virtual Easter Sunday mass at St Bridget's Catholic Church in the parish of St Ambrose in Baillieston, Glasgow
    A deserted Duck Bay is seen with an empty Loch Lomond on Easter Sunday during the coronavirus lockdown
    Image caption: A deserted Duck Bay on Loch Lomond alongside an empty A82, normally a busy road for tourists on holiday weekends
    An empty shoreline at the village of Luss on Easter Sunday
    Image caption: The shoreline at the village of Luss, next to Loch Lomond, was mostly deserted
    Paddle steamer the Maid of The Loch is seen with an empty Loch Lomond on Easter Sunday
    Image caption: Paddle steamer the Maid of The Loch, usually a magnet for tourists, remains one of the many businesses unable to operate during the crisis

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  2. Sikhs use langar to help the NHS

    Graham Fraser

    BBC Scotland News website

    The coronavirus pandemic has seen communities from across Scotland help each other.

    Sikhs in Glasgow's south side would usually have langar - a community kitchen that provides free food to all - from their gurdwara.

    Now, they make the food at home and deliver it to front line NHS staff at the nearby Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and also to vulnerable people in the area.

    Sikhs use langar to help the NHS
    Sikhs use langar to help the NHS
    Sikhs use langar to help the NHS
    Sikhs use langar to help the NHS
  3. Man runs 700 laps of his garden to complete marathon

    Andy Laycock celebrates finishing a marathon in his garden

    As lockdown measures force most people to stay at home, a landscape artist from Kinross-shire ran a marathon round his own garden on Saturday.

    Andy Laycock, a member of a local running club, Kinross Road Runners, completed 700 laps of his garden in Milnathort, the same small town from where Scottish running star Laura Muir hails.

    Mr Laycock, who works at the University of Edinburgh, took just over four hours and 39 minutes to complete the 26.2 miles marathon distance.

  4. How do you roll your Easter egg?

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    Reggie, 9, Smith, 8, Flynn, 5, and Bay, 3, just before they rolled their eggs down the stairs inside their house in Edinburgh

    Children across Edinburgh have been coming up with ingenious ways to roll their Easter eggs during the coronavirus lockdown.

    They have used drainpipes, slides, tubes and stairs to recreate slopes in their houses and gardens.

    Parents said their antics had caused passers-by to stop in the street during their daily exercise.

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    Talbot family
  5. Coronavirus cases in care homes to be revealed 'later this week'

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says the Scottish government hope to be able to share figures for the number of coronavirus cases in care homes later this week.

    About half of Scotland's privately-run care homes have suspected coronavirus cases, according to industry leaders, with several reporting multiple deaths in recent weeks, but official figures only include cases recorded in hospitals.

    "We have tried to make sure the information we share is as transparent as possible but it is really important that we have confidence about the robustness and accuracy of that information," Ms Freeman said.

    "So we are working with the Care Inspectorate to check and double-check the information they are working with before we have the confidence to do that. We intend to be able to do that later this week."

    Burlington Court Care Home
    Image caption: Burlington Court Care Home in Glasgow reported 15 deaths in just over a week
  6. Church congregation grows under lockdown

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    A virtual congregation set up during the coronavirus lockdown has caused an Edinburgh church's numbers to be eight times their normal size.

    St Paul's and St George's Church in York Place has been reaching more than 8,000 people during each online service.

    Associate rector the Reverend Libby Talbot said people were looking to the church during what they felt was a "hopeless time".

    Libby Talbot
  7. Numbers of coronavirus cases in each Scottish health board

    general view of the interior of the new temporary NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital at the SEC event centre on April 07, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland

    This is the number of confirmed cases in each Scottish health board area, plus the number of people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid19, with the number in brackets those who are in intensive care.

    • Ayrshire and Arran 390 confirmed cases, 90 in hospital (14 intensive care)
    • Borders 199, 50 (8)
    • Dumfries and Galloway 186, 43 (9)
    • Fife 379, 122 (9)
    • Forth Valley 337, 91 (9)
    • Grampian 291, 91 (14)
    • Greater Glasgow and Clyde 1,449, 597 (74)
    • Highland 151, 53 (8)
    • Lanarkshire 758, 247 (29)
    • Lothian 915, 245 (35)
    • Orkney 5, * *
    • Shetland 43, * *
    • Tayside 803, 113 (8)
    • Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) 6, * *

    * = fewer than 5

    There are also five people with either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank, a Special Health Board appointed by NHS Scotland.

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    Video caption: Boris Johnson thanks NHS staff for coronavirus treatment

    Boris Johnson singles out individual names while praising the "astonishing" care he received in hospital.

  9. What did we learn from today's Scottish government briefing?

    Here's a summary of developments from today's briefing from the Scottish government:

    • A further 24 people have died in Scottish hospitals from Covid-19, although the government says this number should be treated with caution.
    • There has been a drop of 100 in the number of patients in hospital with either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 to 1,755, although "it is too early to read anything into that".
    • Adult social care workers will get a pay increase to ensure they all receive the minimum living wage of £9.30 per hour.
    • More than 8,000 health or social care workers have been tested across Scotland so far.
    • More than100 taxi and car hire firms have offered to help transport people to Covid-19 community assessment centres.
  10. Don't be scared to take kids to hospital, says clinical director

    Professor Jason Leitch
    Image caption: Professor Jason Leitch

    Scotland’s National Clinical Director Prof Jason Leitch says parents must not be scared to take their children to hospital if any underlying health conditions - such as asthma, diabetes, or a neurological condition - show signs of deteriorating.

    "You must access the health care your child needs," he stresses, adding if people need advice, they should phone their GP, or 111 out of hours.

    There appears to be some confusion between self-isolation and social distancing, Prof Leitch says, reiterating that:

    • If you have any coronavirus symptons, you should stay at home for seven full days, and shouldn't go out for any reason
    • the rest of household should stay at home for 14 days

    His main message is that the safest place for individuals and their families is at home.

    Quote Message: "The best protection against this virus is your front door. You are not stuck at home, you are safe at home." from Professor Jason Leitch Scotland's national clinical director
    Professor Jason LeitchScotland's national clinical director
  11. Rest of NHS services 'have not changed course'

    Fiona McQueen
    Image caption: Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen

    Fiona McQueen, Scotland's chief nursing officer, says she has been "bowled over" by more than 16,000 doctors, nurses, midwives, and other medical professionals offering to rejoin the NHS to help tackle the coronavirus crisis.

    She stresses that just because the service is focusing on Covid-19, it "doesn't mean the rest of the NHS has changed course".

    Community nurses are continuing to provide palliative and end-of-life care, while midwives remain on call for expectant mothers, even if some meetings may be done electronically rather than face-to-face.

    Birthing partners will still be able to come and support mothers during the birth of their children, she adds.

  12. More than 60,000 people volunteer to help tackle coronavirus

    Members of the public walk past new posters placed around the city center on April 9, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. There have been around 60,000 reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United Kingdom and 7,000 deaths. The country is in its third week of lockdown measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

    As of lunchtime on Friday, more than 60,000 people had registered to volunteer for the government's 'Scotland Cares' campaign.

    Jeane Freeman says not all volunteers will be used immediately, but that all offers to help are very welcome.

    "At a time when so many of us have anxieties and concerns, it lifts our hearts to see so many people stepping forward to help others," adds the health secretary.

  13. Taxis and car hire firms offer help to take people to assessment centres

    Taxis queue up in Glasgow's George Square as people are asked to work from home and socially distance themselves due to the Coronavirus pandemic earlier in March
    Image caption: Taxis queue up in Glasgow's George Square

    While ambulances have so far been used to transport people suspected of having Covid-19 to community assessment centres, Jeane Freeman says the Scottish government is keen to free up those vehicles and crews.

    After talks with Transport Scotland, Public Health Scotland and NHS Scotland, she says they have received more than 100 offers of help from taxi companies and car hire firms to help take people to the centres, subject to social distancing guidelines.

    "I am grateful to all the companies who have volunteered their vehicles and drivers to help our NHS," she added.