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Richard Winton

BBC Sport Scotland

The Scottish Premiership sides who handle Covid-related disruptions best will have the most successful seasons, says St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin.

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Jim Goodwin

St Mirren were told they would have to use an outfield player in goal against Hibernian if they failed to register a new goalkeeper, says boss Jim Goodwin.

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Bobby Zlamal

Zdenek Zlamal will be in goal for St Mirren's Scottish Premiership game with Hibernian on Saturday after all three of the club's goalkeepers were ruled out because of coronavirus.

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St Mirren

David Currie

BBC Scotland

St Mirren were forced to miss four days of training in the build up to their Premiership opener against Livingston due coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

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ScotRail to provide free face masks at 18 stations on Monday

A ScotRail train at Glasgow central station
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ScotRail will provide face masks for free at more than a dozen stations on Monday as coverings become mandatory on public transport.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Thursday that from 22 June passengers would be required to cover their faces on all forms of public transport, apart from children under five and people with certain medical conditions.

To help people comply, railway operator ScotRail said face masks will be available free of charge at 18 of its busiest stations for a limited period but asked passengers to bring their own if possible.

The stations include Queen Street, Central, Exhibition Centre, Hyndland and Argyle Street in Glasgow and Haymarket and Waverley in Edinburgh.

The others are Inverness, Aberdeen, Johnstone, Ayr, Paisley Gilmour Street, Linlithgow, Falkirk High, Bathgate, Airdrie, Dalmuir and Motherwell.

The bus bringing bingo to the streets
A community group in Paisley has decided to bring a socially distanced version of bingo to the streets.

Warning over dental practices going out of business

Dentist wearing protective clothing
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Some dental practices "will go bust" because of the continuing lockdown, an owner in Scotland has warned.

Most dental practices are closed, with emergency treatment for tooth pain confined to either antibiotics or extraction, because of the risk of Covid-19 infection.

"There's some provision for root treatment, but it has effectively taken dentistry back to the 1950s," Richard Alexander, of Greenlaw Dental Care, Paisley, told BBC Radio Scotland.

He explained that, while many dental practices are supported by the NHS, many need earnings from private patients to keep their businesses "ticking over".

The likely loss of some practices would have "a knock-on effect for patients" after the lockdown is over as they will find it harder to find a dentist.

Mr Alexander explained that the restrictions on dental work was imposed because of the risk from "aerosol generated procedures", including any procedure involving a drill.

"It creates more particles in the air that can spread the virus more easily," he added.

Paisley care home deaths double to 22

Elderly hands

The number of suspected coronavirus deaths at a care home in Paisley has doubled to 22.

On 15 April it emerged 11 residents had died at Elderslie care home.

But operators Advinia confirmed a further 11 people have died since then.

An undisclosed number of patients are displaying Covid-19 symptoms and are being barrier nursed at the 120-room home.

A spokesman said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of each resident at this sad time.

"Our dedicated team at the home is led by a Queen’s nurse of many years and all of our compassionate colleagues are pulling together to do their very best by the residents at this challenging time."