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Virus could cost council almost £97m

Highland Council says it faces a potential budget gap of almost £97m because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The local authority says the risks to the health and wellbeing of its staff and communities, along with its ability to provide services, were "greater than perhaps ever before".

Additional costs to the council have come from setting up humanitarian assistance centres, a helpline, food projects, hardship and welfare projects, business grants, childcare for key workers and online education.