Scotland's papers: 'We are there with you'

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image caption"When you are on your own, we are there for you" is the headline in The Scotsman, but it's also the headline in a large percentage of Scotland's newspapers this Friday. A group of media outlets have joined together to form the #therewithyou campaign to reassure readers they will support them through the coronavirus crisis.
image caption"We are living in unprecedented times" begins The Herald, as it prints the full text of the media promise. It says the paper, along with its readers, have come through some of the greatest threats to society and if everyone sticks together, they can come through this too.
image captionThe Glasgow Times joins the campaign, which covers the vast majority of daily local media titles across the United Kingdom who have published the same front page on the same day. "You have been there for us through the toughest of times, your newspaper will be there for you now", it says.
image captionThe Edinburgh Evening News continues: "Our lives are being turned upside down: schools are shutting down; parents are struggling to juggle work and home life; businesses are scrambling to protect their employees whilst safeguarding their very futures. Pubs, clubs, restaurants. Theatres, cafes, sports centres and many, many more small independent traders, all facing months of tradeless isolation. The paper's editor tells readers: "We will defeat coronavirus and emerge from it as stronger, tighter, more resilient communities than ever before."
image captionBoris Johnson's daily Covid-19 briefing gave The Scottish Daily Express its headline as he promised: "We can turn the tide in 12 weeks." The PM told the nation that if it pulls together the virus could be "on the downward slope" by the end of June.
image captionAn almost identical front page from the Scottish Daily Mail picks up on the same claims, saying that the virus could be "sent packing within months" if people abide by the anti-virus measures laid down by the UK governments.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph prints the papers' biggest picture of the Queen, with her beloved corgis leaving London for Windsor in a car as she released a statement to the nation saying the Royal Family was "ready to play its part in facing the challenge posed by the virus". The main story focuses on the support the UK government will offer millions of workers. The paper says "the biggest intervention by the state in the economy" since World War Two could include subsidising wages by freezing income tax payments during the crisis and giving national insurance tax breaks.
image captionDespite the 12-week message of hope, the i reports that hospitals are expecting a dramatic rise in the number of coronavirus patients in the next seven days. Public health experts are pleading with the public to obey advice and stay out of pubs. with tens of thousands of lives being endangered by people ignoring the guidance, according to the report.
image captionThe Times Scotland leads on the Queen's message, saying she "urges the country to be strong in the face of crisis". The monarch has left Buckingham Palace and gone to join the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. In her message she asked people to change their normal routines "for the greater good of the communities we live in", a sentiment that was was later repeated by Boris Johnson.
image caption"Right now, my job is about saving lives" is the stark headline in the P&J. The paper says Nicola Sturgeon made the warning in her latest address, on the day that deaths in Scotland doubled to six.
image captionThe National reports a "massive increase in testing" for coronavirus on its front page. It also highlights the unprecedented move to cancel Scottish exams for the first time in history, with Education Secretary John Swinney promising that pupils will "not be disadvantaged".
image captionThe Alex Salmond trial makes the front of the Daily Record. On Thursday the prosecutor described Mr Salmond's conduct as that of a "sexual predator" and urged the jury to convict him on sexual assault charges. The former First Minister denies all the charges against him.
image captionThe Courier highlights the closure of schools in its circulation area, and also claims that local council staff in Dundee will now only respond to emergencies.
image captionAnd the Daily Star of Scotland leads with a photo of a delivery van outside Number 10, apparently dropping off a consignment of toilet paper.

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