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  1. Coronavirus in Scotland: What we learned today

    The brings us to the end of BBC Scotland's live coverage for Thursday.

    • The first minister outlined how we might emerge from lockdown
    • Nicola Sturgeon warned that some measures could be in place until next year
    • She said the country will have to "adapt to a new reality" in the future

    Live coverage will resume early on Friday.

  2. 'Scotland's Theme Park' owner M&Ds in administration

    Theme park entrance

    Scotland's largest theme park has gone into administration following years of financial difficulties.

    Operator M&D (Leisure) Ltd contacted staff on Thursday telling them they were being made redundant with immediate effect.

    The firm had already laid off staff at "Scotland's Theme Park" and the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Park during the coronavirus lockdown.

  3. 'We need to learn to live with the virus'

    Reporting Scotland

    Nicola Sturgeon says the priority is to not let the virus get out of control.

    She says the damage it could do is "just awful".

    Quote Message: It's about how we live alongside this virus in a way that lets us keep it under control. It's a horrendously difficult situation and I want to do it as openly and frankly as possible. The lockdown has suppressed it and we are seeing that in the daily figures we are publishing. But the virus hasn't gone away and it won't magically disappear. from Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland
    Nicola SturgeonFirst Minister of Scotland
    Nicola Sturgeon
  4. Nicola Sturgeon: The NHS is open for non-coronavirus emergencies

    Reporting Scotland

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Nicola Sturgeon appeared on BBC Reporting Scotland, saying people should still come forward if they have symptoms or are worried about their health.

    She said the aim was to "bring our NHS back to working more normally".

    She said cancer treatment was a balance of risks.

    Quote Message: The NHS is open for that. Urgent life-saving treatment has not been cancelled. But there will be circumstances, even in cancer patients where the risk has to be the judgement of will be the risks of going ahead and potentially getting coronavirus greater than delaying it for a bit of time? from Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland
    Nicola SturgeonFirst Minister of Scotland
  5. Nicola Sturgeon abandons the pretence

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Perhaps it is the miasma of partisan politics. Perhaps it is scrutiny from the wicked media. Perhaps it is instinctive.

    Whatever the cause, political leaders generally like to exude certainty. They will say: "I believe I have been completely clear about this" Or: "Let me assure the House……"

    By contrast, many ministers of my acquaintance have been in an honourable lather of uncertainty much of the time. That is because the decisions confronting them are tough, really tough.

    But they pretend otherwise. They fear to let it seem that they are havering or dovering, to use two fine Scots words.

    Nicola Sturgeon has, to a large extent, abandoned the pretence. In all her remarkable pronouncements during this quite remarkable period, she has constantly stressed that she may have to change tack, that she is open to other ideas.

    That she is, in short, uncertain. Indeed, she used the word "uncertainty" repeatedly today as she set out her framework for a possible exit strategy.

    Read more of Brian's blog here:

  6. Don't forget the Big Night In fundraiser tonight!

    Dua Lipa, Rita Ora and Chris Martin

    Children in Need and Comic Relief have joined forces for the first time for a BBC fundraising telethon.

    BBC One's Big Night In, which begins at 19:00, will include the unveiling of a home-made video for a charity single featuring stars like Dua Lipa, Chris Martin and Rita Ora.

    Little Britain, Peter Kay, The Vicar of Dibley and Catherine Tate will all also return during the three-hour special.

    The show will aim to raise millions of pounds for vulnerable people around the UK who have been affected by the pandemic. The government has pledged to match all public donations, with a minimum of £20 million.

  7. 103 UK healthcare workers believed to have died

    Alex Murray

    BBC News

    Analysis by BBC News suggests some 103 healthcare workers are now believed to have died from coronavirus. 53 were men, 49 women.

    Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people represent 65 of those deaths, where we have been able to establish ethnicity. 13 have been reported as Filipino.

    We've been unable to verify whether these people tested positive for the virus. Instead, our information comes from public reports where the family or workplace have said their death was related to Covid-19.

    Of the doctors who we believe were working in a hospital environment, all 16 were BAME and male, with a significant majority over 50.

    Medical staff account for 22 deaths; nursing and midwifery 34 deaths; allied occupations 47 deaths.

    It is unclear how many contracted the virus in the course of their work in the health sector.

    Separate analysis by Health Service Journalsuggest that the rate of death is "largely consistent with the number of healthcare workers in the population".

  8. Hancock challenged on transparency

    UK briefing

    BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg asks Matt Hancock about the government’s transparency on what comes next – it comes after theScottish government today set out its lockdown exit strategy.

    Matt Hancock says he understands the "thirst for knowledge", but the five tests the UK government has set out are “critical”.

    He says the "message remains the same – that people need to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives".

    "It is succeeding… but we are not through that yet and there is still a lot of work to be done."

    Here our health correspondent looks at the UK government’s five tests.

  9. Education secretary: Schools unlikely to open all at once

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    School being cleaned

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney explains the decision on reopening schools will be based entirely on the public health advice.

    We must be satisfied transmission has been suppressed Mr Swinney says.

    "We've got to be really careful about what we do to fuel the spread of the virus because we have more social interaction."

    We may be able to open schools to a small amount of pupils, the education secretary says, suggesting this could be those due to sit their national qualifications in 2021 or those transitioning from primary to secondary school or those starting P1.

    He says it is "inevitable" schools will return in a segmented fashion, with it being unlikely schools will open all at once on one day.

  10. Post-lockdown: Social distancing, hand washing and face masks?

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Earlier on the programme Sir Harry Burns explained the first areas to be "unlocked" would be areas where social distancing can be observed.

    This will also be carefully monitored, with places possibly being put back into lockdown is the number of cases rises rapidly he added.

    The former chief medical officer said people will still need to wash their hands regularly and he suggests people may be asked to wear face masks more often.

    He said: "I am a bit sceptical as to whether or not your average Scot would take to wearing masks to frequently but it would certainly appear in some countries to be having an effect."

  11. Interview with the deputy first minister begins...

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Education Secretary and Deputy First Mnister John Swinney is being interviewed on Drivetime with John Beattie.

    Earlier the first minister said all pupils might not be able to attend school at the same time because of social distancing rules.

  12. UK government briefing is under way

    Matt Hancock
    Image caption: Health Secretary Matt Hancock is leading the UK briefing

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock is leading today's UK government coronavirus briefing.

    Sir Patrick Vallance, the government's chief scientific adviser and Prof John Newton, coordinator of the UK coronavirus testing programme will join Mr Hancock.

    Expect questions about testing, protective equipment and whether the devolved administrations are beginning to diverge from the Westminster government.

    You can get updates right here.

  13. Interview with the deputy first minister around 5pm...

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Education Secretary and Deputy First Mnister John Swinney is on Drivetime with John Beattie after 5pm.

    This after Nicola Sturgeon said the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown is likely to be phased in Scotland.

    The first minister said all pupils might not be able to attend school at the same time because of social distancing rules.

    Education Secretary John Swinney
    Image caption: Education Secretary John Swinney took virtual questions from MSPs earlier today

    And Ms Sturgeon said Scotland was not yet able to begin to ease its lockdown.

    The first minister was speaking as the Scottish government published a new document outlining the basis of an exit strategy from the UK-wide lockdown that has been in place since 23 March.

  14. Vaccine may be needed before big events return

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Sir Harry Burns
    Image caption: Sir Harry Burns stepped down as Scotland's CMO in 2014

    Scotland's former chief medical officer has said large gatherings including Edinburgh's Hogmanay or football matches may not be able to go ahead without a vaccine.

    Sir Harry Burns said social distancing will need to continue when lockdown restrictions begin to lift, which would not be possible at big events.

    However, he said he suspects a vaccine will be available sooner than 18 months.

    Sir Harry described that framework set out by Nicola Sturgeon today as "very sensible".

  15. Here are the main points from today's coronavirus briefing....

    Here are the main points from today’s briefing in relation to the outlining of the basis of an exit strategy:

    • the first minister says Scotland not yet able to ease the lockdown
    • Ms Sturgeon says: "A return to normal as we knew it is not on the cards in the near future"
    • some measures will have to remain in place into next year
    • the lifting of the coronavirus lockdown is likely to be phased
    Media briefing
    • gatherings in pubs and at public events are likely to be banned or restricted for some months to come.
    • only businesses that can ensure social distancing are likely to reopen initially
    • all pupils might not be able to attend school at the same time because of social distancing rules
    • Scotland will have to find a "new normal", which involves "living alongside the virus in a form which keeps it under control"

    The first minister also called on the public to engage with the government and read the document, so here it is : Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making

    Read more here.