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Here are the main headlines:
- The Care Inspectorate has taken legal action over the running of a private care home on Skye where seven residents have died in a Covid-19 outbreak.
- Scottish ministers are "not ruling out" easing lockdown in some areas ahead of others, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
- The economic impact of the pandemic will be "far, far worse" than the banking crisis of 2008, former chancellor Alistair Darling has warned.
- A former Labour MP has spoken about being unemployed and applying for Universal Credit during the coronavirus lockdown.
We'll be back with more updates from early tomorrow morning.
A Scottish hotel and tour operator is shedding 110 jobs after collapsing amid the coronavirus crisis.
David Urquhart Group is making 54 staff redundant at its coach tour business David Urquhart (Travel) Ltd over the next few weeks.
A further 56 jobs will be lost at the group's Hart Hotels chain on Friday.
The group has put its three hotels up for sale in order to pay off its creditors - the Glenmorag in Dunoon, and the Highlands-based Garve Hotel in Garve and Mackay's Hotel, Strathpeffer.
All three hotels closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Dr Donald Macaskill told BBC Radio Scotland's Drivetime with John Beattie the low pay in the care sector was a "national scandal," even though they are paid the Scottish living wage.
He said: "You can get more money walking a dog in the streets of Edinburgh than you can caring for our elderly citizens."
Reagrding the Care Inspectorate's action against the Home Farm care home, Mr Macaskill said this was an "immensely serious move" and he called for staff and residents to be supported.
On testing, he said data he has seen found 1-3% of staff had coronavirus - in line with the University of Cambridge research on frontline workers. But he said clear action plans were in place to ensure care home providers, if necessary supported by the NHS, had enough staffing to fill any gaps.
A "hugely popular" care home worker found dead in her home may have had coronavirus.
Jeanette McKenna, 53, had worked at Whitecraigs care home in Thornliebank, East Renfrewshire for 10 years.
She featured in viral TikTok video last month, in which she can be seen dancing with 102-year-old resident Percy Mann.
Police found her dead in her home in Barrhead on 7 May. Her death is being treated as "unexplained". She had not been tested for Covid-19.
The Scottish Sun is reporting that Barrhead Housing Association has carried out a deep-clean of her property and encouraged its residents to seek medical help if unwell.
A spokeswoman for the care home said: "She was absolutely selfless and gave love and support to all residents and families within her care. She will be greatly missed by everyone at Whitecraigs."
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The local authority in the Borders says more than 6,000 pupils now have iPads provided by the council as part of a project accelerated ahead of lockdown.
Chief executive Tracey Logan said it put the region's secondary students in a "unique position".
The council has also delivered hundreds of iPads to its primary teachers as part of the Inspire Learning programme.
Ms Logan said she looked forward to seeing it grow further to benefit more children in the area.
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Care home workers are having to choose between putting residents at risk or going without pay, the GMB union has warned.
Secretary Gary Smith said staff were worried about being tested because if they return a positive result, they will be sent home on statutory sick pay. "These are workers that cannot afford not to be working," he added.
The union has previously warned about employment practices and low pay in private care. Care workers tend to earn the minimum wage or a little above it, and the vast majority are women, Mr Smith highlighted.
He said: "People are terrified. They're worried about killing the people that they love and look after in care homes, but they're terrified about how they're going to be able to feed their families. This was a predictable crisis in care."
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Between 30-40% of workers in private care homes have coronavirus but do not display symptoms, the GMB has claimed.
GMB Scotland secretary Gary Smith has said "regular, systematic testing" in care homes was needed.
The Scottish government has rolled out testing for all staff and residents in care homes where someone has tested positive, but these have to be requested by care home operators.
Mr Smith suggested there was a "postcode lottery" for testing, with some social care partnerships rigorously testing the whole home but others are not.
He called for a "comprehensive plan" to be put in place which incorporates both public and private sector homes.
Nicola Sturgeon used today's Scottish government briefing to outline in detail who is being tested for Covid-19 in Scotland, saying NHS testing is used for:
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- all intensive care patients
- all patients with symptoms of the virus
- all those admitted to hospital over the age of 70, who are tested every four days
- all patients due to re-enter a care home from hospital, getting two tests if the first is positive before entering the care home
- Enhanced Outbreak Investigation involves testing all care home residents and staff where there is a case
- all NHS and social care workers and their families should be able to get tests
- care home managers can put symptomatic staff forward for testing
- five drive-in centres also provide tests and there are 12 mobile testing units - for any key workers to get a test
- testing capacity is also now used for monitoring purposes
While people across the UK get ready to clap for the dedicated staff of the NHS tonight, a group of front line staff will be passing the praise on to other vital services.
Two Scottish paramedics, Cheryl Pyott and Heather Findlay found it hard to accept the praise and gratitude bestowed upon them every Thursday and instead decided to pay it forward to the non-NHS key workers who are also going above and beyond during the pandemic.
The pair, along with colleague Paul McNab, started a group called NHS Helping Heroes to raise cash to reward shop staff, council workers and carers for their hard work. They have been dropping off surprise packages of treats, cards and messages of thanks.
And they set up a 5k-a-day in May challenge raising £5,000 for five charities: Marie Curie cancer care, Sepsis Research - FEAT, Young Minds, Rainbow Trust children's charity and MND Scotland.Copyright: NHS Helping Heroes
Garden centres and recycling centres in Northern Ireland can reopen from next Monday as part of the first steps to ease lockdown, Arlene Foster has said.
On Tuesday, the executive publisheda five-phase blueprint for lifting restrictionsbut it did not include a timeframe.
The first minister said updated medical advice meant the executive could now approve the "tentative first steps".
Marriage ceremonies where a person is terminally ill will also be allowed.
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Staff at a Glasgow care home hosted a lockdown birthday party for one Scotland's oldest women - complete with a DJ and a piper.
Ellen Gardner turned 107 on Wednesday but the restrictions did not spoil her celebrations.
Son Ronnie and his wife Liz were able to see her open her presents from a safe distance in the garden of Orchard Grove Care Home in Toryglen.
He said: "She seems to be keeping remarkably well and is in good health for her age."
Glasgow's Lord Provost, Councillor Philip Braat, also congratulated the great grandmother.
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Thousands of frontline NHS staff may unwittingly be treating hospital patients while infected with coronavirus, according to research. The University of Cambridge found 3% of hospital workers tested positive for Covid-19 despite reporting fit for duty.
Professor Stephen Baker explains they were asymptomatic and this suggests there should probably be more testing of those people who will come into contact with vulnerable people.
"We should be screening people working in healthcare facilities more regularly," he says.
The researchers tested a range of staff at hospitals, not just doctors and nurses, and positive test results were found throughout. However, the highest levels of infection were unsurprisingly found in red wards - those which treat Covid-19 patients.
We should be hearing from the UK government shortly with its latest coronavirus briefing. Follow live updates here.
Here a look at the latest headlines first:
- Nicola Sturgeon says ministers are "not ruling out" easing lockdown in some areas ahead of others
- Garden centres and recycling centres in Northern Ireland can reopen from next Monday as part of easing lockdown
- A test to find out whether people have been infected with coronavirus in the past has been approved by health officials in England
- Inspectors act against infection-hit private home on Skye
- One in 400 people in England has coronavirus,a survey of nearly 11,000 people suggests
The grandson of the seventh resident of a Skye care home to die after contracting Covid-19 has called her his "best friend and guiding light".
Ina Beaton was 103 when the virus took her life at Home Farm in Portree on 11 May.
Born Hectorina Matheson, she was a well known figure on the island and lived in her own home in Balmaqueen until just two years ago.
Ina lived through the Great War, the Spanish flu of 1919 and moved to Glasgow during the war years where she worked as a conductress on the trams, surviving the Clydebank Blitz.
Ailean Beaton thanked the staff at Home Farm care home who he said "had been through a lot".Quote Message: She was my best friend and guiding light, and we loved each other very much. If you know me, you know how much she meant to me. But the loss is shared across the entire island, especially the north end where she was mum, granny, friend to more than just the Beatons. Her crystal memory and broad experience of life in Skye over several generations meant that she contributed to our shared knowledge of the place we're from, its language and culture. At 103 years old, her perspective is literally irreplaceable. I never could have tired of her company . She was the first person I wanted to visit any time I travelled home. from Ailean Beaton Grandson of Ina Beaton
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People planning so-called "picnic protests" against the coronavirus lockdown are being warned they'll be risking lives and breaking the law.
Flyers online urge people to join mass gatherings in parks this weekend - including in Scottish cities - for picnics.
This would break Scottish lockdown rules which say people should stay apart and avoid large groups.
Nicola Sturgeon says people must stick to the tight constraints in Scotland and warned anyone tempted to join the protest they could "be putting people's lives at risk.Quote Message: So please don't do it, we're all in this for the same reason to stop people dying unnecessarily, so don't be that person that goes and knowingly put's somebody's life on the line, it's not worth it, so please don't do it." from Nicola Sturgeon First Minister