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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

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.

Virus sets back £44m flood protection project's timetable

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

Water levels in Hawick
Scottish Borders Council

One of the biggest construction projects in the Borders is facing a delay in its timetable due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Scottish Borders Council had hoped to see the £44m flood protection scheme in Hawick completed in late 2022.

However, it said it was clear the current situation would have an impact on timescales.

Project director Conor Price said it was "disappointing" but due to "wholly unprecedented circumstances".

Round up from the Borders - GP practices and childcare for keyworkers

All GP practices in the Borders have suspended their usual appointment booking arrangements to help protect patients and staff.

Practices and treatment rooms will now provide essential services only to patients who require urgent clinical attention via telephone triaging and, where "absolutely necessary", via face-to-face appointment.

Meanwhile, Scottish Borders Council has said it is "listening to feedback" and looking again at the system being used to book childcare for key workers.

It means that for the rest of the week it will be asking parents and carers to complete an online booking form on a daily basis. Full details are available on its website.

Scottish Borders Council says it faces 'biggest challenge ever'

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

The local authority in the Borders has issued fresh advice over school attendance arrangements in the region.

It "clearly sets out" provision for children of key workers at the start of the week.

The council said that detailed planning was continuing for the longer term.

It thanked the public for its support and co-operation during such a "difficult time".

More Borders festivals become casualties of coronavirus

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

Braw Lads Galashiels
Dougie Johnston

A string of Borders summer celebrations are the latest casualties of the coronavirus outbreak.

Jethart Callant's Festival was the first to be called off on Wednesday.

Hawick Common Riding, Coldstream Civic Week, the Braw Lads Gathering in Galashiels and the Beltane Festival in Peebles also confirmed that they won't be going ahead this year.

St Ronan's Borders Games Week in Innerleithen has also been cancelled.

A meeting between Scottish Borders Council and officials from all Borders festivals is due to take place next week.

Scottish Borders Council 'monitoring' school attendance

Giancarlo Rinaldi

South Scotland reporter, BBC news website

The local authority in the Borders has said its schools remain open in line with national guidance.

However, it confirmed it was monitoring pupil attendance and staffing levels.

All school residential and day trips are now suspended.

Vandals take toilet rolls and soap dispensers from public conveniences

Vandals have made off with toilet rolls and soap dispensers from a "small number" of public toilets in the Scottish Borders.

The local authority said the incidents had happened at some of its facilities over the weekend.

Toilet rolls
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It asked all residents to "respect" the region's public toilets in order to let everyone use them.

In the meantime it has decided to leave just one toilet open in towns which have more than one facility.