The papers: Coronavirus 'crisis' in the Cabinet

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image captionThe news that coronavirus has "struck at the heart of government" dominates the front pages. The Scotsman says Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to continue commanding the response to the pandemic while isolating in Downing Street after testing positive for the disease.
image captionBoris Johnson is one of the "big three" to be hit by the virus, the Daily Mail says - with Health Secretary Matt Hancock also testing positive and Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty showing symptoms. The paper describes the development as "a triple blow to the heart of government" - although Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock are only experiencing mild symptoms and are both working from home while self-isolating.
image caption"No 10 virus bombshell", is the headline for the Daily Express, which says the prime minister has "vowed to keep leading the fight against coronavirus". Meanwhile, the government announced NHS staff would begin being tested to see if they have the virus "in days", the paper reports.
image captionWhile Downing Street has said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab would stand in if the prime minister was unwell and unable to work, there are no plans for him to do so at present, the i reports. For now, Mr Johnson will continue to lead the virus response from his flat above 11 Downing Street, with his meals left at the door by Civil Service staff, the paper adds.
image captionThe Courier reports that news of the positive tests in the Cabinet came as it was confirmed the UK had seen its sharpest day-on-day rise since the Covid-19 outbreak began. There have now been 14,543 confirmed cases, with a total of 759 people having died in hospitals across the country.
image captionThe Herald focuses on the leader of the SNP at Westminster calling for the global climate change summit scheduled to be held in Glasgow this November to be postponed. More than 200 world leaders and 30,000 delegates are due to attend the summit. But Ian Blackford says it is now "impossible" to hold the international event this year.
image captionThe National leads with Scotland's chief medical officer saying she believes the number of people infected with coronavirus in the country may have reached 65,000. Dr Catherine Calderwood said most of those wouldn't even know they had it.
image captionThe Daily Record leads with the story of a 75-year-old man who has fought off the Covid-19 virus having already suffered two heart attacks and a number of strokes. It also reports on Dave King stepping down as chairman of Rangers, citing "lockdown pressures" as the reason.
image captionFinally, the Daily Star is urging its readers to wipe clean their letterboxes and doorbells "to protect our brave posties". The paper says postal workers are "delivering a mountain of stuff" people have ordered to ease their "lockdown boredom".
image captionThe front page of Dundee's Weekend Telegraph reports that thieves have ransacked a craft shop in Angus while its owners were self-isolating due to their age. Goods worth £10,000 were stolen in the break-in.

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