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  1. That's it for today

    Here's a summary of some of Thursday's developments:

    • The first minister confirmed the lockdown would have to remain in place for "at least" three weeks
    • Nicola Sturgeon said there was some evidence the lockdown was suppressing the virus, but lifting it too soon risked a resurgence
    • A further 80 people who have tested positive have died
    • The total number of cases stands at 7,102 - up 354 on yesterday but the number of patients in intensive care is broadly stable
    • The Makar Jackie Kay has written a poem celebrating the "fierce" dedication of Scotland's front line workers

    We'll be back with live coverage of the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak in Scotland on Friday morning.

  2. First Minister: Lockdown measures are 'absolutely essential'

    The first minister told Reporting Scotland the coming weeks will involve striking "a better balance" than the current lockdown measures.

    Quote Message: That will inevitably mean using testing, tracing, surveillance, isolating people as well as, perhaps, some continuation of social distancing measures. But we do understand that while these lockdown measures are essential right now, and they are absolutely essential, they have consequences of their own that we have to be mindful of, to the economy and to well being more generally. These are horrendously difficult balances to strike. from Nicola Sturgeon First Minister
    Nicola SturgeonFirst Minister
  3. 'No changing of our vote on the day', say Dundee

    Dundee, who have been at the centre of the SPFL vote saga, insist their delayed approval has delivered the "best deal possible out of a situation that was going to be bad for us in any iteration that was being proposed".

    The Championship club's intended 'no' vote failed to arrive in time for Friday's suggested deadline, leaving them with the decisive say in the motion to call an end to their division as well as League One and League Two.

    A 'yes' vote was cast yesterday, making it 35 out of 42 clubs in favour of the measures proposed to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.

    Dundee say they submitted their vote and issued yesterday's statement "simultaneously", adding: "There was no changing of our vote at any time that day as has been reported in some channels."

    With talks on league reconstruction beginning soon, the latest statement from Dens Park concludes: "From a very poor situation we have gotten the best result for Dundee FC and for Scottish football as a whole."

  4. First Minister: 'Too early' to lift lockdown restrictions

    Nicola Sturgeon

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was asked on BBC Reporting Scotland if we can expect the lockdown to last longer than the additional three weeks?

    Quote Message: The advice is clear. If we lift these restrictions now or too early we risk a resurgence of the virus and a potentially damaging and exponential increase in cases that would cost more lives and potentially overwhelm the NHS. from Nicola Sturgeon First Minister
    Nicola SturgeonFirst Minister
  5. Fiver a week shopping subsidy for some in Orkney

    All residents in Orkney's outer isles are being offered £5 per week to help out with the cost of food.

    Travel restrictions mean that almost three thousand people do not have regular ferry or plane access to reach supermarkets on the Orkney mainland, with shopping in rural shops often more expensive.

    The money will come from the Scottish government's £30n Food Fund at an estimated cost of £58,000 for an initial four-week period.

    Orkney Islands Council has an allocation of £99,000, with the remainder to be spent supporting families of children who are eligible for free school meals.

  6. Tributes paid to former firefighter

    Derek Wilkie

    Tributes have been paid to a former firefighter who has lost his life to coronavirus.

    Derek Wilkie had been receiving care an intensive care unit at Raigmore Hospital when he died on Sunday.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said he was a "larger than life personality".

    Mr Wilkie's wife, Janice, is a cancer nurse and his sons work in the health service, one as a paramedic and the other at a medical lab at Raigmore.

    Read more here.

  7. 'The virus is not going to disappear'

    "This virus is not just going to disappear," warns Nicola Sturgeon as she looks ahead to future developments like a vaccine and antibody testing.

    She applauds the people of Scotland for sticking with the rules and adds that we will get through these difficult times if we stick together.

    But for the "foreseeable future" there will be "some kind of restriction on our normal way of life".

    She gives a broad outline for the future, emphasising the importance of testing and tracing as our understanding of Covid-19 improves and said the Scottish Government would set out more detail about easing the measures in the "coming days".

    "We don't have all of the answers but we are developing a plan to plot the best way forward," she says.

  8. Lifting lockdown would risk all progress, says Sturgeon

    The first minister repeats the list of restrictions and says that they cannot be lifted for at least three weeks because all of the progress made would be lost.

    "This is a risk we simply cannot take," Ms Sturgeon says.

    "If we were to lift any of these measures now, we would risk an immediate and potentially exponential resurgence of the virus. And that could result in our NHS being quickly overwhelmed.

    "It could result in even more cases in our care homes, and it would also mean much more loss of life.

    "It could of course also lead to the reintroduction of even more stringent restrictions in the future and substantially more damage to the economy."

  9. Lockdown has led to a slowdown in transmission, says FM

    On the extension of the lockdown measures across the UK, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that the early indications are that restrictions have led to a slow down in community transmission.

    "The difficult sacrifices you are all making are working," she says.

  10. BreakingNicola Sturgeon confirms lockdown for at least three weeks more

    nicola sturgeon

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirms that the current lockdown arrangements must remain in place for another three weeks at least.

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'Current measures remain for at least three weeks'

    The foreign secretary says the current lockdown measures will continue for at least three more weeks.

  12. Raab: 'Broad outline' of three months

    Asked by the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg about when the public can see the end of this, Dominic Raab refers to comments made by the prime minister at the beginning of the outbreak, saying this stage should last for three months.

    "That is broadly still the outline [and] it will be reviewed at the end of the month," he says.

    But he adds it would be "irresponsible" to give a definitive timeframe and could "prejudice the evidence" being collected by scientific advisers.

    "There is light at the end of the tunnel, there is progress, and we must keep up."

    Asked why he won't reveal plans for an exit strategy from social distancing measures, he again says it may prejudice the evidence.

    "We have got to keep this up," says the foreign secretary. "What you are doing is working, notwithstanding the death toll - tragic for so many people.

    "But if we let up now, it will be damaging for public health and the economy."

  13. Post update

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor on Drivetime

    Quote Message: It was very emotive stuff from Dominic Raab. I was really struck by his talk of damage not just to public health but to public health and the economy. He was saying if we don't have the proper constraints then the virus can come roaring back and that will ruin not just the gains in public health but also wreck the economy further
  14. Nicola Sturgeon to give lockdown update

    Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will give a statement on the extension to coronavirus lockdown measures in Scotland.

    Her briefing will start soon after 17.30 and will be carried live here.

  15. Raab: We must keep up this national effort

    The foreign secretary says he understands people have been comparing the UK's actions with other countries, but the government will "make decisions at the right time" for us.

    He continues: "I appreciate the impact is considerable on people and businesses across the country.

    "We get it, we know it is rough going. Every time I come to this lectern and read out the grim toll, I walk away and think of their sons and daughters going through this right now, their brothers, sisters, grandchildren, all those left behind.

    "It makes this government focus even harder on what we must do and I know together, united, we must keep up this national effort."

  16. Raab: Five points to influence decisions on social distancing

    Dominic Raab says he wants to be "up front with British people" about when the government can relax measures.

    He lists five points that will influence the government's decision:

    • Making sure the NHS can cope
    • Evidence showing a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rates
    • Reliable data showing the rate of infection is decreasing to manageable levels
    • Being confident in the range of operational challenges, like ensuring testing and the right amount of PPE, are in hand
    • Being confident any adjustments will not risk a second peak
  17. Raab: Mixed and inconsistent evidence

    Dominic Raab says there have been indications that social distancing measures in place are showing success.

    But government advisers say the evidence is "mixed and inconsistent", and in some settings infections are increasing.

    He adds: "We still don't have infection rates down as much as we need to.

    "Any change to social distancing measures now would risk significant increase in infections," he says, as well as a second peak and an increase in the number of deaths.

    As a result, the government will keep the current measures in place for three more weeks.