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'Go home now or get the jail'
Police confront a man on the street who says he has coronoavirus.

Frontline police officers to get protective equipment

Frontline police officers are to get more protective equipment in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The equipment includes masks, gloves, boot covers and goggles.

About 630 of Scotland’s 17,259 police officers currently have the protective kits and the rest will be issued from next week.

Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said the force had been working round the clock in “challenging circumstances” to secure the extra equipment.

Chief constable to speak about lockdown enforcement

Iain Llivingstone
BBC

Police Scotland chief constable Iain Livingstone will be speaking on Good Morning Scotland after 08:00.

The force has new powers to enforce the coronavirus lockdown rules, which include arresting people who repeatedly refuse to comply with the restrictions.

However, the chief constable has said arresting people will be an "absolute backstop".

Police call for action on childcare

Jamie McIvor

BBC Scotland education correspondent

police
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The Scottish Police Federation wants urgent action to ensure the children of police officers can always get childcare at the special hubs that councils have been setting up.

It says many officers are concerned about some of the arrangements and that some have been unable to get places.

Different councils have their own lists of just how they define key workers.

Edinburgh has specified that police officers are among those getting top priority.

Meanwhile councils are gradually getting a better sense of what the demand for childcare is like in practice.

All visiting suspended at Dumfries and Galloway hospitals

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

Dumfries Infirmary
Paul McMullin

NHS Dumfries and Galloway has taken the decision to suspend all visiting times for inpatient wards in all hospitals across the region.

It said it was to limit the spread of coronavirus and to protect vulnerable patients.

The health board said it knew patients and families might have concerns but hoped they would understand.

It said some exceptions could be made but only in "specific circumstances" such as patients receiving end of life care or those accompanying partners during childbirth.

Severe accident: A79 South Ayrshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A79 South Ayrshire both ways severe accident, from Waterloo Road to Pleasantfield Road.

A79 South Ayrshire - A79 Ayr Road in Heathfield Industrial Estate closed in both directions from the Waterloo Road junction to the Pleasantfield Road junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: A77 East Ayrshire northbound

BBC News Travel

A77 East Ayrshire northbound severe disruption, at A71.

A77 East Ayrshire - A77 in Kilmarnock closed and it's slow northbound at Bellfield Interchange, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A719 South Ayrshire westbound

BBC News Travel

A719 South Ayrshire westbound severe accident, from Dalmilling Road to Glenmuir Place.

A719 South Ayrshire - A719 Main Road in Ayr closed westbound from the Dalmilling Road junction to the Glenmuir Place junction, because of an accident involving three cars.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A760 North Ayrshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A760 North Ayrshire both ways severe accident, between A78 Irvine Road and B784.

A760 North Ayrshire - A760 Haylie Brae closed and queues in both directions between the A78 Irvine Road junction in Largs and the B784 junction in South Hourat, because of an accident involving four vehicles and snow.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M77 East Ayrshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M77 East Ayrshire both ways severe disruption, from J6 for A77 to J5 for A726 Eaglesham.

M77 East Ayrshire - Snow on M77 in both directions from J6, A77 (Kingswell) to J5, A726 (Eaglesham). Approach with care.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A77 East Renfrewshire both ways

BBC News Travel

A77 East Renfrewshire both ways severe accident, from M77 J5 Eaglesham to B764.

A77 East Renfrewshire - A77 closed and it's slow in both directions from Eaglesham in Netherplace to Eaglesham Turn off in Kingswell, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time