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  1. That's all for today

    Here are some of the day's developments:

    • The Scottish government has recommended that people cover their faces while in some enclosed public spaces, such as shops and public transport
    • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon there may be some benefits from face coverings but they are no substitute for social distancing and hand hygiene
    • A further 70 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 have died, bringing the total under that measure to 1,332
    • The number of patients in hospital remains stable, with 126 in intensive care, a slight fall on Monday's figure
    • All patients over 70 who are admitted to hospital for any reason will now be tested for Covid-19, and retested every four days during their stay
    • Sports minister Joe Fitzpatrick has invited key figures within Scottish sport to discuss a phased return of events.

    We'll be back early on Wednesday will our live coverage of key developments, including the weekly release of National Records of Scotland figures which give a fuller picture of coronavirus cases and deaths other than those in hospitals.

  2. 'Vital funds' will help families through pregnancy

    Pregnant woman

    An organisation in southern Scotland has been awarded a slice of National Lottery Community Fund backing towards its work with pregnant women.

    Nurture the Borders supports expecting mothers with activities such as live online antenatal classes

    It has been awarded £144,760 so it can continue to support families across the Borders over the next three years.

    Rosie Kennedy, director of the charity, welcomed the "vital" funding. She said: “The current pandemic means our services are more in demand than ever before and we are so thankful to be able to support women and help break the isolation during this very difficult time for many.”

  3. Garden waste bin collection to resume in Edinburgh

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    Brown bin

    Garden waste brown bin collections are to restart in Edinburgh from 11 May.

    The service was suspended in April as part of the city’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

    It follows the return of workers from self isolation, as well as the bedding in of new collection arrangements.

    Anyone with a garden waste permit will be compensated for the break in service.

    Adam McVey, City of Edinburgh Council’s leader, said: “We’ve made every effort to continue to run core services, including waste collections, and I’m grateful to residents for their understanding of why we’ve had to make some temporary changes under these extraordinary circumstances.”

  4. 'Prawn party' to support fishermen

    Ullapool Sea Savers
    Image caption: Ullapool Sea Savers had planned to hold a seafood beach party before the pandemic hit

    A children's conservation charity has held a "prawn party" to help support local shellfish fishermen and their community during the lockdown.

    Ullapool Sea Savers had received lottery funding for a beach party with seafood stalls and music before the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The charity adapted their plans and, while observing social distancing and other lockdown restrictions, delivered bags of prawns to households in Ullapool. The bags made from recycled plastic were donated by a local supermarket.

    The shellfish were bought from fishermen whose markets in France and Spain have collapsed.

  5. SPFL warns of heavy cost in pushing for inquiry

    The SPFL says "the cost to our game will be incalculable" should Rangers, Hearts and Stranaer continue to push for an independent inquiry into how it responded to the coronavirus crisis.

    The three clubs have forced a 12 May extraordinary general meeting.

    All 42 member clubs will be balloted at that EGM on whether an investigation is required into the league's handling of the resolution on ending the season in the lower divisions early.

    The SPFL has called for "reconciliation and contrition from all parties".

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  6. Coronavirus 'will hasten the decline of cash'

    money, money, money

    Coronavirus will hasten the decline in the use of cash as people make a long-term switch to digital payments, experts say.

    The lockdown has led to a 60% fall in the number of withdrawals from cash machines, although people are taking out bigger sums.

    Payment card use has risen with online shopping, particularly for groceries.

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  7. Hand hygiene key when wearing face covering

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen says good hand hygiene is vital when wearing any kind of homemade face covering.

    "The mask is not necessarily protecting you, but it could prevent someone with the virus transmitting it - that's where the strongest evidence is, although it is still weak," she explains.

    "It's important to stress that if you are touching your face or touching the mask you could lose the benefit, so we all need to keep washing our hands."

  8. Are we 'past halfway for bad outcomes'?

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Professor Hugh Pennington says we could be "past halfway for bad outcomes", referring to new infections and deaths, but says maintaining lockdown restrictions successfully and combating the virus in care homes will be major factors.

    "I hope we are at a point where we would start to see the number of cases and deaths declining," he told BBC Radio Scotland. "Maybe we are at more than the halfway point for bad outcomes, maybe a good bit further.

    "It’s really difficult to know if we can sustain the controls we have at the moment. If we are lucky, it will fall quite fast but that depends on social distancing and making sure people don’t get tired with it.

    "We also need to get a grip on infections in care homes, we need to put an enormous effort in there."

  9. Professor Hugh Pennington 'a bit sceptical' on face coverings

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Professor Hugh Pennington

    Professor Hugh Pennington was talking to Holyrood’s Health Committee this morning, stressing the importance of mass testing in the fight against Covid-19.

    On BBC Radio Scotland’s Drivetime, the microbiologist said he was “a bit sceptical” on the new guidance on the use of face coverings in situations where it is difficult to observe social distancing.

    He says it’s not going to protect the wearer and it would only have a very limited role in preventing somebody who is infected from passing on the virus.

  10. 'Devastating impact' in Scotland's home of golf St Andrews

    Ben Philip

    BBC Scotland

    Old course at St Andrews

    Golf has been a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic with courses up and down the country closed and tournaments cancelled.

    In the “home of golf” - St Andrews - many are reliant on the golf tourists who generate millions for the Scottish economy every year.

    Caddie Master Fraser Riddle has set up an online fundraising page to try to compensate colleagues whose opportunity to earn money "is severely affected" due to the restrictions currently on the course and on international travel.

    You can see a full report on this on Reporting Scotland on BBC One at 1830.

  11. Scottish government recommends face covering

    Here are the main points from today's Scottish government briefing:

    • The Scottish government recommends people cover their faces while in some enclosed public spaces, such as shops and public transport
    • However it is "not a substitute" for existing lockdown restrictions.
    • the Scottish government guidance on face covering is not mandatory and will not be enforced
    • the guidance related to cloth garments such as a scarf rather than "medical grade facemasks"
    Ms Sturgeon stressed she was talking about cloth face coverings, not medical-grade face masks
    Image caption: Ms Sturgeon stressed she was talking about cloth face coverings, not medical-grade face masks
    • earlier the first minister confirmed a further 70 deaths from coronavirus had been registered in Scotland in the last 24 hours.
    • the total number of deaths is now 1,332
    • there is now a total of 10721 Covid-19 cases
    • all those over the age of 70 who are admitted to hospital for any reason, will be tested for the virus
  12. 'No benefit' in wearing a face covering outside

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Chief Nursing Officer Fiona McQueen is on BBC Radio Scotland repeating today's advice on the use of facial coverings in shops or on public transport.

    "This does not replace social distancing or only going out when it is absolutely necessary and washing your hands," she stresses.

    "When it should matter is only in a small set of circumstances because what we are hoping for and expecting is for people to socially distance when they are doing their shopping."

    Ms Queen underlines that there is "no benefit" in wearing such a covering outside and that it is not mandatory to do so while shopping or on a bus, adding that people not wearing them "should not be criticised".

    The public are being told they should definitely not be wearing surgical masks, which could "potentially deprive" key workers.

    "It can be a scarf or a t-shirt, we don't want people to go to any real bother or expense," says Ms McQueen.

  13. 'The caveats and qualifications come to the fore'

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor on Drivetime

    Quote Message: The first minister is announcing new guidance but it's the caveats and qualifications that come to the fore. One of the reasons given for today's announcement on face coverings was that people are already wearing them and she wants to stress the limitation of their use. She doesn't sound remotely convinced, but it's happening anyway and she'd rather it happen with guidance."
  14. Film made to stop hospital children fearing masks

    Morag Kinniburgh

    BBC Scotland

    masks film

    Medics and their children have made a film to reduce fears young patients may have about being treated by people wearing masks.

    The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity said: “For a child, coming to hospital can be scary at the best of times, but it is especially daunting right now with all the doctors and nurses wearing their special PPE.”

    The film shows NHS staff children dressed up as everything from astronauts to chefs explaining why uniforms are important as well as medics in PPE, to try to reassure children coming into hospital.