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  1. Today's headlines

    Portobello Beach promenade
    Image caption: Portobello Beach promenade was a quieter place on Saturday compared to Wednesday's much publicised busy day of sunbathing

    As we bring our live coverage to a close, here is a reminder of Saturday's main headlines:

    • Further 16 people who tested positive for Covid-19 die, taking the total to 2,261 deaths in Scotland by that measure.
    • UK prime minister's office defends top aide Dominic Cummings, who has been accused of breaking lockdown rules.
    • Cummings insists he did "the right thing" when he drove 260 miles to a family home with symptoms.
    • Seven tourist hotels across Scotland cease trading.
    • Plea for patience over return to Scotland's mountains.
    • Scottish Football Association says football likely to be played in Scotland again in August.
    • Muslim Council of Scotland issues guidance on Eid during lockdown.

    We'll be back with more live coverage in the morning. Have a good evening.

  2. Coronavirus contact tracing: My new skill

    BBC Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones encountered a few moral dilemmas while learning how to trace coronavirus contacts.

    After acing his exam, he shares the lessons learned from his eight-hour intensive course.

    Read all about it here

    The Scottish Government aims to have a 2,000-strong team of tracers in place by the end of May.

    contact tracing
  3. 'Football club revolt possible without financial help'

    Clubs may "revolt" or face administration if forced to play behind closed doors without financial help, says Ayr United chairman Lachlan Cameron.

    Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell believes the game can resume in August as lockdown measures are eased.

    But Cameron says it is "impossible" for his Scottish Championship club and others to function without fans and no new funds to replace gate receipts.

    "You'd have clubs going to the wall sooner or later," Cameron tells BBC Scotland.

    'Clubs may revolt without finance help'

    Lachlan Cameron

    Clubs may "revolt" or face administration if forced to play behind closed doors without financial help, says Ayr's Lachlan Cameron.

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  4. Professional players facing future working outside of football

    Footballer Tom Beadling believes he and several team-mates will be in a "precarious situation" and may have to find work outside of football after their release by Dunfermline Athletic.

    The Scottish Championship club yesterday announced they will let 17 players go when their deals expire at the end of May after the season was ended prematurely because of the Covid-19 crisis.

    Athletic said the decision was taken to "protect the future of the club".

    "There are no superstars earning five to 10 grand here, it's lads on very normal salaries," Australian midfielder Beadling said.

    Players left in 'precarious' position

    Tom Beadling

    Tom Beadling says players are in a "precarious situation" and may have to find work outside of football after their release by Dunfermline Athletic.

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  5. 'There is no consensus on what a positive antibody test means for an individual'

    "I still, when I walk around, assume that everybody I meet has coronavirus, and that I have it. I don't want to infect anyone, and I don't want them to infect me," writes the BBC's medical correspondent Fergus Walsh after finding out via an antibody test that he had contracted coronavirus without showing any symptoms.

    Read his story below...

    BBC's Walsh 'gobsmacked' by positive antibody test

    Fergus Walsh

    The BBC's medical correspondent tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies but was unaware he'd had it.

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  6. Travellers to France from UK face 14-day quarantine

    People arriving in France from the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 8 June, the French government has announced.

    It comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel revealed quarantine plans for visitors to the UK from the same date.

    France said it would impose reciprocal measures for any European country enforcing a quarantine.

    Read more here.

    Air France terminal
  7. Can children catch and spread coronavirus?

    How likely children are to catch and spread coronavirus is talked about a lot when it comes to deciding how and when to reopen schools.

    The problem is that Covid-19 is a new disease and not something scientists have had long to study - meaning the available data on the subject that's currently available is sparse.

    Here, BBC's Health Correspondent Laura Foster explains what we do know currently about how children are affected by the virus.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Can children catch and pass on coronavirus?
  8. 'More suffering to come in travel sector'

    "The mood music from across travel - international and domestic tourism - is of increasing desperation and frustration."

    BBC Scotland's business and economy editor Douglas Fraser responds to the loss of around 2,500 jobs after the collapse of Specialist Leisure Group.

    Read his latest piece below...

    Travel firms adopt the brace position

    Shearings

    Business and economy editor Douglas Fraser on a "grim new phase" for the industry.

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  9. 'Hearts would survive financially after relegation'

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh

    Hearts will not face face financial ruin should their relegation from the Scottish Premiership prove final.

    The Edinburgh club were relegated from the Scottish Premiership on Monday after the season was ended early.

    But they continue to consult clubs over their plan for league reconstruction with a view to avoiding demotion.

    In the past week, there have been over 600 new pledges through Foundation of Hearts, while the club continue to have the backing of their benefactors.

  10. 'Cummings has Prime Minister's full support' - Shapps

    Grant Shapps
    Image caption: Grant Shapps says Dominic Cummings was safeguarding the safety of his son

    Asked by reporters about Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minster's special adviser, who has faced criticism for travelling to Durham from London, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says it was a different situation to the resignations of Dr Catherine Calderwood, Scotland's former chief medical officer, and government scientific adviser Prof Neil Ferguson.

    "This wasn't visiting a holiday home or going to visit someone," he says. "This was to stay put and remain in isolation to deal with what I hear was a significant bout of coronavirus and then return to London only when well. There is every difference."

    Mr Shapps says Boris Johnson knew of Cummings' whereabouts and has "his full support".

    He insists that people should follow the guidance "to the best of their ability" but it was "for an individual to make the decision of how do I ensure I have enough support around the family".

    Dr Jenny Harries, England's deputy chief medical officer, says the scientific and medical advice behind the self-isolation rules is "to take people symptomatic out of the public domain and those likely to develop symptoms" but adds that "the only exception is around safeguarding".

  11. SNP calls for Cummings investigation

    Ian Blackford

    SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has called on the head of the civil service to investigate the "rule-breaking" and the UK government’s cover-up” of Dominic Cummings’ lockdown journey to Durham.

    The Prime Minister’s top aide has come under fire after it emerged he had driven 260 miles to a family home despite the guidelines on travelling – and showing symptoms of coronavirus.

    Mr Cummings insists he did the "right thing" and told reporters he "behaved reasonably and legally".

    In the letter to Sir Mark Sedwill and Boris Johnson, Mr Blackford highlights the “matter of serious public concern” with several questions for the PM including when he found out about the trip and what role the government played in “keeping the public in the dark for eight weeks”.

    He also continued his calls for Mr Cummings to resign, stating his position as “completely untenable”.

    The Labour Party has also called for an investigation.

  12. UK continues downward trend in deaths and cases

    Dr Jenny Harries

    Dr Jenny Harries, England's deputy chief medical officer, says, across all of the UK, demand for mechanical ventilator beds in hospitals has come down.

    She says that 12% of such beds are occupied with Covid-19 patients - meaning there is now "significant capacity" available.

    Dr Harries says that deaths are starting to come down and that, over a rolling seven-day average, it is continuing to come down.

    She says that the UK is maintaining a downward trend in new confirmed cases.

  13. Send us your questions on Scotland's plan to exit lockdown

    BBC Scotland would like to hear from you if you have a question about the plan to ease the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

    Let us know what you would like us to find out for you by sending us your questions via the form below. We'll do our best to find the answers to some of them and publish what we find on our website.

    You can get in touch here.

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  14. BreakingUk death toll rises by 282

    A further 282 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died across the UK.

    The figures from the Department of Health and Social Care for up to 09:00 BST today brings the total death toll to 36,675.

  15. UK government briefing starts soon

    The UK government will give its daily briefing at 16:00 BST.

    The briefing will be led by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. He will be joined by the deputy chief medical officer for England Dr Jenny Harries.

    You can follow it here.

  16. Lanarkshire coach firm driven to edge by lockdown

    Andy McDade

    Andy McDade, who runs a Lanarkshire coach firm established by his father almost 40 years ago, says surviving the winter is going to be incredibly difficult.

    McDade's Coaches, like many similar firms across Scotland, is facing "almost impossible choices" as it struggles to deal with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

    He told BBC Scotland's The Nine he will have to turn down a council payment for school transport contracts in order to keep his staff employed using the furlough scheme.

    Since mid-March, he is the only one of 39 people at the company who has not been furloughed. All of his 30-plus vehicles have been declared off the road and are crammed into his yard in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire.

    Read more here.

  17. Scottish football 'likely' in August, SFA chief says

    Football is now "likely" to be played in Scotland in August, Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell tells BBC Scotland.

    Non-contact outdoor sports are set to be allowed next week in phase one of the Scottish Government's restrictions easing, with football in phase two.

    National clinical director Prof Jason Leitch warned there are "no guarantees" that will be in mid-June as predicted, but Maxwell said playing in August is "definitely achievable".

    "I'm sure we can do that," he says while echoing the initial suggestion that players would need "touching six weeks" to be ready to play.

    Football likely in August - SFA's Maxwell

    Ian Maxwell

    Football is now "likely" to be played in Scotland in August, says Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell.

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