Scotland

The papers: 'Lifeline' for Scots and SEC scoped for hospital

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Image caption The Herald reports that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has thrown a "lifeline" to 320,000 self employed people in Scotland, after he announced a new package of support on Thursday. The paper quotes Mr Sunak saying the measures were among "the most generous in the world" and he hoped they would provide "reassurance and support".
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Image caption The Scotsman calls the chancellor's measures a "coronavirus rescue package". It will be available for three months in one lump-sum payment, and will start to be paid from the beginning of June.
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Image caption Mr Sunak faces criticism over the delay in the payment to self-employed people, the i says. Those workers can now apply for a grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits but the money will not begin to arrive for weeks. "You have not been forgotten," Mr Sunak said.
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Image caption The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow has been earmarked as a potential makeshift hospital site as the country faces a coronavirus "tsunami", reports the Scottish Daily Express
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Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail leads with a warning from Scotland's chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, who said the current published coronavirus figures will be a "very significant underestimate". As many as 50,000 people could be infected in Scotland, the paper reports.
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Image caption The National also leads with Dr Calderwood's comments, highlighting that many people carrying the virus may not know they are infected. The paper also highlights the first minister's announcement that people caught breaching the lockdown guidelines could be fined on the spot.
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Image caption A consultant in Tayside has told The Courier that a shortage of care staff means the NHS will not be able to match the expansion of intensive care needed to fight the pandemic. Dr Stephen Cole said Jeane Freeman's request for a four-fold increase in ICU space was a "huge ask".
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Image caption The Scottish Sun leads with some grim stats - it says in the latest 24 hours of official figures, one person in the UK died with coronavirus every 13 minutes. The paper also has an exclusive story on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have reportedly moved permanently to California. It comes after the couple stepped back from their roles as working members of the Royal Family.
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Image caption The housing market has been "plunged into chaos" after the government called on people to delay moving home, the Times reports. Ministers "effectively suspended" the market as banks struggle with the volume of customer calls about various knock-on effects of the virus - including the suspension of some mortgage payments and difficulties with property valuations.
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Image caption The Glasgow Times reports that city council job cuts as a result of tightening budgets and the ongoing costs of the equal pay settlement will be put on hold because of the coronavirus. The timetable for the roll-out is no longer achievable as a result of the pandemic, the paper reports.
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Image caption The Royal Bank of Scotland has turned its Edinburgh headquarters into a food bank in partnership with the Trussell Trust and Social Bite, reports the Edinburgh Evening News. The paper said the bank is asking businesses to donate non-perishable food and hygeine products to help keep the organisations well-stocked.
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Image caption And the Daily Star of Scotland leads with Thursday's press briefing - but focuses on Dr Calderwood's remarks that Scots should be mindful of using contraception during the lockdown.

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