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  1. That's it for today

    Here's a recap of some of the day's developments:

    • The latest data from the National Records of Scotland show that 3,799 Covid-19 linked deaths have now been registered.
    • The total number of fatalities will be higher as the official statistics run until 24 May.
    • Boris Johnson rules out an inquiry into the conduct of Dominic Cummings, insisting it was time to "move on" from the row over his top adviser's lockdown trip to County Durham.
    • People in Scotland voice fears about the economic impact of the crisis in a new survey for BBC Scotland.
    • Passengers are being urged to use face coverings on public transport ahead of lockdown easing.
    • Scotland and England prepare for the launch of the "Test and Protect" scheme tomorrow.
    • The UK government proposes delaying the UN climate change conference in Glasgow by a year.

    We'll be back tomorrow with live updates as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reveals details of how the lockdown in Scotland will be eased.

  2. Hearts' league change proposal to be considered by 42 clubs

    Hearts owner Ann Budge

    Hearts owner Ann Budge's league reconstruction proposal is to be discussed by all 41 other clubs, the Scottish Professional Football League board has confirmed.

    She proposes a 14-14-14 set-up for the next two seasons to replace the 12-10-10-10 version.

    Hearts, relegated when the top flight was curtailed because of the Covid-19 crisis, would avoid demotion if the proposal gains sufficient support.

    In a statement, the SPFL said separate meetings involving the clubs from the four current divisions will be held from Monday to discuss the plan.

    Read more here.

  3. Shops and shoppers must adapt to new reality

    Coronavirus: Scotland's response

    BBC Scotland

    Shop sign

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney points out that the retail sector has had to adapt to the new restrictions through measures like reducing the number of customers in store at any one time.

    Asked on BBC One Scotland about whether the liability to enforce the guidelines lies with shop owners or the shoppers themselves, he says it is "a mixture of both".

    Mr Swinney says shops need to ensure the business can operate safely for staff and customers.

    But he also suggests the public need to take precautions, such as wearing face coverings and respecting social distancing.

    Quote Message: Shops will have to make themselves Covid safe. That's the hard reality. from John Swinney Deputy First Minister
    John SwinneyDeputy First Minister
  4. When will more contact be allowed?

    Coronavirus: Scotland's response

    BBC Scotland

    There are various gradual steps Scotland has to go through before individuals are allowed more contact than meeting one other household outside while social distancing, Deputy First Minister John Swinney says.

    Responding to a question about when people will be able to stay with a partner who lives in a different household, he says: "There's not an easy solution to this."

    He acknowledges it will be "a while yet" before this can happen.

    "I appreciate that is very, very tough going... but it's essential to interrupt the spread of coronavirus", Mr Swinney adds.

  5. What are you doing to prepare for a second wave?

    John Swinney

    The Scottish government is taking a "very cautious approach", Deputy First Minister John Swinney tells BBC One Scotland.

    Mr Swinney says he "completely understands the frustration of members of the public".

    But he adds that any measures announced on Thursday will be "careful early steps" and require a "huge amount of public compliance".

    Quote Message: There is a danger that coronavirus could make a resurgence. It is still out there. It has not gone away. from John Swinney Deputy First Minister
    John SwinneyDeputy First Minister
  6. Contact tracing system is 'tried and tested' - Swinney

    Coronavirus: Scotland's response

    BBC Scotland

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney says the contact tracing system Scotland is using is a "tried and tested" approach.

    He tells BBC One Scotland this is the most effective way to suppress the virus.

    The test and protect strategy will be based on "sound public health evidence".

    It is a very reliable way of making sure we contain the virus, he adds.

  7. Council considering 'two-day school week'

    School classroom

    Scotland's largest council is consulting with parents on the temporary arrangements for the primary school week when pupils return as the Covid-19 lockdown eases.

    One option in Glasgow would have a primary school open to half the pupils on Mondays and Tuesdays.

    The building would then be deep-cleaned on Wednesdays before the others attend on Thursdays and Fridays.

    Glasgow City Council said nothing has been decided yet and arrangements will vary between schools.

    Other possibilities might include having pupils attend on alternative weeks.

    Read more here.

  8. What did we learn from the PM and UK briefing?

    Boris Johnson
    Image caption: Boris Johnson spoke to House of Commons liaison committee members by video call

    It’s been a busy afternoon, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson appearing before senior MPs and Health Secretary Matt Hancock giving the daily UK briefing.

    Here’s what we’ve learned:

    • Boris Johnson ruled out an inquiry into the conduct of Dominic Cummings, insisting it was time to "move on" from the row over his top adviser's lockdown trip to County Durham.
    • He also conceded the UK had failed to "learn the lessons" of the Sars and Mers outbreaks and did not have a virus testing operation "ready to go on the scale that we needed".
    • He added that he hoped the two-metre social distancing rule could be reduced and has asked scientists to review it.
    • A system to track down people with coronavirus symptoms will start tomorrow in England - at the same time as Scotland's "Test and Protect" strategy.
    • The health secretary said anyone displaying symptoms, including under-fives, will now be eligible for testing in England.
  9. Scotland Women's Covid-19 delay to end in September

    Scotland's women footballers will resume their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign in September after the rescheduled fixtures were confirmed.

    Shelley Kerr's side, who have won their opening two matches in Group E, play their six remaining fixtures in three double-headers this year.

    They visit Cyprus on 18 September and end at home to Finland on 1 December.

    The finals, to be held in England, have been moved to July 2022 due to a clash with the rearranged men's European Championship and the Tokyo Olympics.

    Scotland qualifiers set for September

    Scotland women

    Scotland women will resume their Euro 2021 qualifiers in September after the rescheduled fixtures were confirmed.

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  10. Nike conference kilt-fitter 'developed symptoms'

    Hilton Hotel, Edinburgh

    A woman who had contact with conference delegates at the centre of Scotland's first Covid-19 outbreak says she is "angry" the cases were not made public.

    Gillian Russell, who fitted kilts for delegates at the Nike conference in Edinburgh, told Sky News she developed flu-like symptoms afterwards.

    The February outbreak was only made public in a BBC Scotland documentary.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said details were not made public at the time to protect patient confidentiality.

    Read more here.

  11. Forbes calls for Holyrood to receive more powers

    The Scottish government's finance secretary, Kate Forbes, tells Reporting Scotland that she rejects austerity when it comes to economic recovery.

    She adds that she "cannot in good conscience" foresee cuts to the health service or other frontline services that have been critical in responding to coronavirus.

    More powers and flexibility should be devolved from Westminster to Holyrood, Ms Forbes says, so they have more control over finances.

  12. Drive-in comedy club to launch in Glasgow

    Rotunda Comedy Club

    Heard the one about the comedy club in a restaurant car park while the audience sit in their cars?

    That's what the Rotunda Comedy Club in Glasgow is planning should First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announce a relaxation in lockdown restrictions tomorrow.

    Compere Alan Anderson told BBC Radio Scotland's Afternoon Show that "the feedback has been phenomenal" since the drive-in idea was announced on Friday.

    The audience will require a Bluetooth car stereo or portable speaker and a smart phone to allow two-way listening between performers and audience

    "It's been a steep learning curve from a technical point of view," he said.

  13. Coronavirus: Evening update

    Coronavirus update logo

    Five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this evening.

    Coronavirus: Evening update

    Coronavirus update logo

    Five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this evening.

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  14. Rail graffiti increases by 25% since lockdown

    Paul O'Hare

    BBC Scotland News

    Rail graffiti

    British Transport Police in Scotland have recorded a 25% increase in graffiti offences since the lockdown.

    The Scottish Railways Policing Committee also heard overall crime has plummeted by 69%.

    This has resulted in officers being redeployed to "historical hotspots" for graffiti and cable theft.

    A report on the impact of the Covid-19 restrictions also noted: "Vulnerability and homelessness has not necessarily increased but has become more visible as the rail network has been a haven for many."

    The meeting also heard 1,762 crimes were recorded by BTP Scotland in 2019/20, an increase of 6%.