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  1. Sunday's main headlines

    A cyclist pedals past a shop on Edinburgh's Royal Mile

    That's all for our live coverage today. Here are Sunday's main headlines so far. Stay safe and join us again tomorrow.

    • 10 more deaths in hospital confirmed, taking the Scottish total to 903
    • UK total stands at 16,060, a rise of 596
    • UK government will make a "balanced judgement" when deciding how to relax the coronavirus lockdown, says Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, who rubbishes reports of schools reopening as early as 11 May
    • NHS Louisa Jordan hospital is ready to open its doors from Monday, with 300 beds operational at the temporary facility in Glasgow
    • New equipment for the NHS - including 10 million face masks - arrives at Prestwick Airport from China
    • Scottish Government committed to publishing later this week initial thinking on the decision-making process over relaxing restrictions
  2. Will Covid-19 accelerate the use of robots at work?

    The rise of the machines

    Companies large and small are expanding how they use robots to increase social distancing and reduce the number of staff that have to physically come to work. Robots are also being used to perform roles workers cannot do at home.

    But once machines take over it will be hard to go back...

    Read more from Zoe Thomas, BBC Technology reporter.

  3. When am I allowed to go out?

    A cyclist in Glasgow Green last week
    Image caption: A cyclist in Glasgow Green last week

    With all of the lovely weather over the weekend, staying indoors has been tough.

    But we were told on Thursday that the lockdown measures will be in place for "at least" another three weeks.

    People should only leave home if they have a "reasonable excuse". This includes:

    • Exercise - alone, or with members of your household
    • Shopping for necessities
    • Any medical need, or providing care for a vulnerable person
    • Travel to or from work, but only when you cannot work from home

    Here is a more detailed reminder of social distancing and self-isolation rules.

  4. Sleep like an Olympic athlete during coronavirus crisis

    Finding it hard to sleep?

    If you haven't been resting well in these uncertain times, a sleep scientist may be able to help you get some shut eye like an Olympic athlete.

    Luke Gupta, who works as a senior physiologist helps ensure Great Britain’s Olympians get a good night’s sleep before big competitions.

    You can read her top tips here.

  5. For The Love Of Scotland guest-list grows

    Annie Lennox

    Fresh from her contribution to One World: Together at Home, Annie Lennox is among the list of new celebrities to sign up for this week’s For The Love Of Scotland fundraiser.

    The three-hour event, due to be live-streamed on Wednesday, will be hosted by Edith Bowman, with the Eurythmics singer now confirmed, along with Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, actors Martin Compston, James McAvoy and Peter Capaldi, and musician KT Tunstall.

    The event has been set up to help Masks For Scotland achieve its target of raising £200,000 for personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS.

    The event will be live-streamed on the Gigs in Scotland Facebook and YouTube pages.

    View more on twitter
  6. Fundraising walker isolating on uninhabited Shetland island

    The old shepherd’s hut on Hildasay
    Image caption: The old shepherd’s hut on Hildasay

    A former British paratrooper is isolating on an uninhabited Shetland island after lockdown measures were introduced when he was on a fundraising challenge to walk the UK coastline.

    Chris Lewis, 39, has covered 12,000 miles since setting off from Llangennith beach near his home city of Swansea in August 2017 with just £10 in his pocket.

    He was camping on mainland Shetland when lockdown restrictions were announced on 23 March.

    Mr Lewis and his dog Jet were then taken to Hildasay, a 108-hectare island off the west coast of the Shetland mainland, and have been there ever since, living in a former shepherd’s hut without running water, heating or electricity.

    “I thought it would be better if I wasn’t on the mainland – I didn’t want to be in the way," he said. "I’ve mainly been in isolation for the past two years due to the nature of the places we’ve been walking."

    View more on twitter
  7. SPFL board bullying claim branded 'nonsense'

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Les Gray

    SPFL board member Les Gray has described allegations of bullying and coercion as "complete nonsense".

    Rangers, Hearts and Aberdeen have called for an independent review into the SPFL's handling of the vote to end the lower league season due to the coronavirus crisis.

    "The board is there purely to enact the will of the clubs," Hamilton Accies chairman Gray told BBC Sportsound.

    "And 81% of clubs voted in favour of this resolution. It's a clear endorsement of the clubs' position.

    "The silent majority have carried the day and other people are noisier."


  8. 'Heading in the right direction'

    Dr Harries refuses to comment on speculation that the UK may have passed the peak of infections.

    She says a drop in fatalities is "very good news" but we should not jump to conclusions. Sunday's figure of 596 new deaths could go up again, she notes.

    However, she says, case numbers are down by 30% on average from figures 8-10 days ago. "Things are heading in the right direction," she says.

  9. 'Difficult to draw direct comparisons with other countries'

    Gavin Williamson is asked if the UK government is looking at measures taken by countries like Denmark that have started re-opening schools.

    The Education Secretary says: "Absolutely... and we will look closely how that works, how that goes and lessons that can be learnt."

    Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer, is then asked why the figure of deaths in the UK is higher than in many other countries.

    She says there is a "difficulty understanding the differentiation".

    Dr Jenny Harries

    While Germany stands out now, Dr Harries adds: "We need to be very clear and need to look back in 12 or 20 months' time" to get the full picture.

    She says that while the media has focused on counting deaths in the UK, the "most useful statistic" is comparing the number of deaths in the same season in previous years to the death toll during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Quote Message: It is difficult to draw direct comparisons with other countries. That is not an excuse but a fact." from Dr Jenny Harries Deputy Chief Medical Officer
    Dr Jenny HarriesDeputy Chief Medical Officer
  10. More government help for children learning at home

    Gavin Williamson

    Secretary of State for Education Gavin Williamson says the government is "determined to help parents helping their children learn from home", with home schooling set to resume this week after the Easter holidays.

    He says the UK government is ordering laptops to help children sitting key exams, as well as for those who need to keep in touch with social workers and care givers.

    And he promises free 4G routers for disadvantaged secondary school pupils and care leavers who are preparing for exams.

    "We are also working with major telecommunications providers to exempt certain resources from data charges," he adds.

  11. 'Covid-19 puts us all in the same state of existential anguish'

    Singer-songwriter Momus

    Scottish singer-songwriter Momus has nearly completed an album of songs written during, and about, the Covid-19 lockdown while recovering from a suspected case of coronavirus.

    The indie musician usually operates at the margins but says the outbreak "puts us all in the same state of existential anguish".

    Nick Currie - who has made music under the alias Momus for more than 30 years - had just finished the first track from his forthcoming album when he started experiencing symptoms of coronavirus.

    "At that moment, I was very scared," he said. "I really thought - this is it - and started anticipating all the RIP Momus messages people would be posting."

    Read more here.

  12. Key points from today's Scottish Government briefing

    Here are the key points from today's Scottish Government briefing on the coronavirus crisis.

    • 10 more deaths in hospital confirmed, taking the total to 903, with 367 new cases reported
    • NHS Louisa Jordan hospital is ready to open its doors tomorrow, with 300 beds operational at the temporary facility in Glasgow
    • Scottish Government has not been consulted on a reported three-step process to relieve lockdown measures, nor would it endorse it
    • Scottish Government committed to publishing later this week initial thinking on the decision-making process over relaxing restrictions
    • Faulty face masks were withdrawn from ambulance staff last week, with replacements since issued
  13. No data on hospital infections yet - Leitch

    Professor Jason Leitch

    The Daily Mail asks about the rate of coronavirus infections in Scottish hospitals.

    "It's a really important thing to know, but we can't know quickly because the virus is so new and we don't actually have huge numbers in hospital," says Jason Leitch, Scotland's national clinical director.

    As of Saturday, there were 1,797 patients with suspected Covid-19 in Scottish hospitals, with 174 people in intensive care.

    "It's also very relevant in care homes; anywhere where we cohort people together," Prof Leitch added.

    "What we do know is how to stop infections in those institutions and that's by following very strict control guidelines, which we've had in place for years and we've added specific ones for this virus for weeks. I'm confident that those in charge are following those to the best of their ability."

  14. 'Unfair and wrong' to dismiss lockdown efforts

    Jeane Freeman

    Jeane Freeman disagrees with The Times' premise that "every single strategy hasn't worked" so far in the government's attempts to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

    The health secretary insists that everything the Scottish population has done in terms of following lockdown measures and social distancing guidelines has been effective in suppressing the presence of the virus.

    "It is a fragile place we are right now, which is why we are continuing that lockdown, but to dismiss those efforts and those attempts is, I think, unfair and wrong," Ms Freeman says.

    Asked whether a 'test, trace and isolate' policy will help in returning society to some form of normality, she adds that it is "one of the important tools we will use as we plot our way through this next stage."

  15. Johnson's Cobra absence 'will be looked at in fullness of time'

    Boris Johnson, pictured on 18 March

    The Scotsman asks about the impact of Prime Minster Boris Johnson missing five consecutive meetings of the government’s Cobra emergency committee, as was widely reported this morning.

    Jeane Freeman reports that the Scottish government has been represented at every Cobra gathering about the coronavirus since the first was called on 24 February.

    "As to whether or not the prime minister's presence in the early days made a difference or not, I think many of these issues will be looked at in the fullness of time," she says.

    "Right now, my focus is making sure we do everything needed to continue to suppress the virus."

  16. Will Scotland follow England approach on easing lockdown?

    Channel 4 ask if the lockdown restrictions are relaxed in England, would Scotland automatically follow suit?

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman replies that "we have taken a four-nation approach as best we can from the outset" and that will continue "where we can".

    She adds that the Scottish government aim to be as "transparent as possible" about the decision-making process for taking steps towards an easing of restrictions.

    The latest figures suggest the level of the virus is being controlled but Ms Freeman says it is not going away and therefore there has to be a balance with public safety and public heath on the way to "normalising".

    A pedestrian walks through an empty Royal Mile in Edinburgh
    Image caption: Lockdown measures will continue for at least another three weeks
  17. 42% of Scottish care homes have had at least one Covid-19 case

    Burlington Court Care Home
    Image caption: Burlington Court Care Home in Glasgow was one of the first to reveal deaths of multiple residents

    Further information released by the Scottish government earlier reveals:

    • 459 adult care homes (42%) which had lodged at least one notification for suspected Covid-19 to the Care Inspectorate. It is important to note that not all of these care homes will still have outbreaks; additional data will be published shortly on the number that currently have outbreaks.
    • A total of 7,342 staff, or around 4.4% of the NHS workforce, are reporting as absent due to a range of reasons related to Covid-19.
  18. Faulty masks withdrawn from ambulance staff

    Katie Hunter from BBC Scotland asks the health secretary about face masks being withdrawn from the ambulance sector last week.

    Jeane Freeman confirms the model (1863) was "found to have too poor a fit ratio" and therefore not safe for issue to ambulance and paramedic staff.

    She explains that a different type of face mask has since been issued, adding that problems will be picked up with suppliers by the national procurement service.

    Jeane Freeman