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Severe disruption: M898 Renfrewshire southbound

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M898 Renfrewshire southbound severe disruption, at M8 J30.

M898 Renfrewshire - M898 exit slip road partially blocked southbound at M8 J30, Erskine Bridge, because of deer on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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Severe disruption: M8 Glasgow City westbound

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M8 Glasgow City westbound severe disruption, from J19 for A814 Stobcross Street to J20 for West Street.

M8 Glasgow City - One lane closed on M8 westbound from J19, A814 (Anderston Cross) to J20 West Street, because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: M74 Glasgow City northbound

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M74 Glasgow City northbound severe disruption, at J1A for B763 Polmadie Road.

M74 Glasgow City - M74 exit slip road closed northbound at J1a, B763 (Polmadie), because of emergency repairs.

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Glasgow airport testing centre ready to open

A medical worker tests a driver for coronavirus
Reuters

A coronavirus testing centre for NHS staff will open in the long-stay car park at Glasgow airport later today.

The drive-through facility will have up to five lanes and is only for frontline NHS workers at this stage.

Those being asked to provide swab samples will do so by appointment.

Severe disruption: M8 Renfrewshire westbound

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M8 Renfrewshire westbound severe disruption, at J27 for A741 Renfrew Road Paisley.

M8 Renfrewshire - M8 lane closed on entry slip road westbound at J27, A741 (Paisley), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Glasgow Airport to host coronavirus testing facility for NHS staff

A medical worker tests a driver through the window of a car
Reuters

Glasgow Airport’s long-stay car park is being transformed into a drive-through mobile testing facility to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It is part of a series of measures being introduced to increase testing and response to the spread of Covid-19.

The facility is being introduced to test frontline NHS staff only at this stage and by appointment only. The centre, funded by the UK government, is not open to the public.

“Glasgow Airport has the space and infrastructure capable of accommodating a large-scale testing area and we are only too happy to support in this way," said the airport's managing director Mark Johnston.

Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland added: “This is part of the UK government’s plan to vastly expand our testing capacity as we continue to work around the clock and across the country to protect the vulnerable, support the NHS, and save lives.”

Scottish government pledges support to care sector after home deaths

A statement said their thoughts were with the families and friends of 13 residents at a Glasgow care home who have died in one week following a suspected outbreak of coronavirus.

It added that the social care sector was working in "very challenging circumstances" and said everything possible would be done to provide support.

“The Care Inspectorate continues to provide advice and support to the care home at this time," it said.

"We are in close contact with the Care Inspectorate to understand how Covid-19 is affecting the delivery of care across Scotland.”

Whisky production to resume despite virus concerns

Bottles of whisky
SWA

A number of whisky bottling plants which suspended work due to coronavirus are set to reopen.

The GMB Scotland union says facilities owned by Edrington, Inver House and North British have approached staff about coming back to work.

Other firms in the whisky and spirits industry, such as Diageo and Grants, have kept open plants with scaled-back operations.

Trade unions argue that all production should be halted due to Covid-19.

Edrington said a "controlled restart" with a significantly reduced number of staff would allow it to sustain the business and help safeguard employment.

While its bottling facilities in Glasgow and Speyside will re-open on Monday the company's distilleries will remain closed for at least three months.

Read more here.

The Army preparing Scotland's temporary hospital in Glasgow

Severe disruption: M80 Glasgow City northbound

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M80 Glasgow City northbound severe disruption, from J1 for M8 J13 to J2 for B765 Saughs Road Robroyston.

M80 Glasgow City - One lane closed on M80 northbound from J1, M8 (Provan) to J2, B765 (Robroyston), because of hazard. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Where's the rainbow Easter bunny?'

Bunny
Nicole Javed
A dance group donated bunny costumes for the Easter egg deliveries

More than 1,000 chocolate Easter eggs are being left on doorsteps of homes in Bishopbriggs and surrounding communities such as Kirkintilloch and Robroyston.

Nicole Javed, of Bishopbriggs, has put her own money towards paying for the sweets with donations covering the cost of the rest.

Bishopbriggs dance group U Dance has donated bunny costumes for volunteers to wear to help promote the initiative.

The effort is part of the Bishopbriggs "rainbows group", initially set up to share pictures of painted rainbows put in people's windows.

The volunteers use hand sanitiser and latex gloves when dropping off eggs, and one of the group is a nursery teacher who offers further guidance on hygiene. Posts on the rainbow group's website encourage people to wipe down boxes.

Nicole said support for the project had been "crazy" and children have been asking for the "rainbow Easter bunny".

Fire crews were sent to the scene after flames took hold in the top floor of the tenement.
Fire crews were sent to the scene after flames took hold in the top floor of the tenement.

Severe disruption: M74 South Lanarkshire northbound

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M74 South Lanarkshire northbound severe disruption, at J2 for A724 Cambuslang Road.

M74 South Lanarkshire - Two lanes blocked on M74 northbound at J2, A724 (Rutherglen), because of timber on the road.

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Dance teacher Fiona Young: 'Having Covid-19 was scary but I got through"
Zumba fitness instructor Fiona Young has been speaking to the BBC about her recovery from coronavirus.

Severe accident: A77 East Ayrshire southbound

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A77 East Ayrshire southbound severe accident, between M77 and A77.

A77 East Ayrshire - A77 in Fenwick closed and it's very slow southbound between Fenwick South and Waterside Turn Off, because of a serious accident involving two lorries.

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32,000 pieces of protective equipment donated in Glasgow

Nearly 32,000 pieces of protective personal equipment (PPE) have been donated to Glasgow City Council.

The local authority put out a plea for the gear in order to help protect its front line workers amid growing shortages.

Face masks, gloves, aprons and hand sanitiser are among the donations from individuals and organisations.

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Phillip Braat paid tribute to the positive response but said the council was still taking donations as it prepares for a "long haul" lock down.

Severe disruption: A713 South Ayrshire both ways

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A713 South Ayrshire both ways severe disruption, between Lochlea Drive and Castlehill Crescent.

A713 South Ayrshire - A713 Castlehill Road in Ayr closed in both directions between the Lochlea Drive junction and the Castlehill Crescent junction, because of a burst water pipe. Traffic is coping well.

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Scotland's colleges 'still open for business'

The principal of one of Scotland's colleges has said that courses are still being delivered to students despite the buildings being closed.

Carol Turnbull, from Ayrshire College, said some staff were giving "live lectures" from their living rooms that can be watched by students.

She told BBC Radio's Good Morning Scotland programme that staff were working with dozens of different award bodies to make sure no students would be disadvantaged by the coronavirus outbreak.

"It is a challenge and our staff are being particularly creative and innovative in the way they deal with this. A lot of this is still live teaching," she said.

Severe accident: M80 Glasgow City southbound

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M80 Glasgow City southbound severe accident, between J2 for B765 Saughs Road Robroyston and J1 for M8 J13.

M80 Glasgow City - One lane closed on M80 southbound between J2, B765 (Robroyston) and J1, M8 (Provan), because of an accident and a fuel spillage. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A77 South Ayrshire southbound

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A77 South Ayrshire southbound severe disruption, from B730 Tarbolton Road to A78 Monkton Bypass.

A77 South Ayrshire - A77 Kilmarnock Road in Bogend closed southbound from the B730 Tarbolton Road junction to the A78 Monkton Bypass junction, because of a police investigation. Diversion in operation - via A730 and A719.

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Birmingham has the most coronavirus cases in England

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

Birmingham Library
AFP

The Birmingham City Council area has the most coronavirus cases in England, according to new figures released by the Department for Health. (London's cases are calculated borough by borough, rather than as a single figure.)

The city has 428 confirmed cases of Covid-19 - only the Aneurin Bevan health board area in Wales has more, with 482 cases. Hampshire (384), Glasgow and Clyde (376) and Sheffield (361) make up the rest of the top five across the UK.

London now has 5,299 cases with only the boroughs of Kingston-upon-Thames (66), Sutton (82), Richmond-upon-Thames (83) and Barking and Dagenham (93) having fewer than 100 cases.

More than 1,000 people are now known to have died from coronavirus in Britain.

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