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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

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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.

Carlisle volunteering scheme inspires others in the UK

Ewan Murrie

Reporter

A volunteering programme in Carlisle has inspired similar schemes in other parts of the UK.

Give a Day to the City was set up in 2015 by Andy Fearon of Carlisle Vineyard Church, to co-ordinate people willing to work on community improvement projects.

A picture of Andy Fearon
BBC

It has led to a cast iron fence at Portland Square being repainted, and the renovation of uninsured homes that were damaged by Storm Desmond.

The project has inspired similar schemes in Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Oxfordshire and Dungannon in Northern Ireland.