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The papers: Posties want junk mail ban and row over virus laws

Image caption The Daily Record leads with postal workers in Clackmannanshire going on strike in a row over how much junk mail they are being asked to deliver during the coronavirus crisis. More than 80 members of staff walked out of the Alloa sorting office on Monday morning.
Image caption The Scotsman says senior lawyers are warning that emergency coronavirus laws going through Holyrood are an "attack" on centuries-old principles at the heart of the country's justice system. The measures being introduced will include the suspension of jury trials and a relaxation of the evidence rules in some cases.
Image caption The Daily Express leads with the same story, saying prisoners could be freed early as part of the government's radical measures to try and contain the virus.
Image caption The i also features lawyers warning the plans are an "assault" on 600-year-old principles of justice, but with the government hitting back by insisting the system "cannot be allowed to grind to a halt" during the lockdown.
Image caption The Herald leads with an expert on international public health saying the death rate from coronavirus in Scotland could be kept lower than in the rest of the UK because lockdown measures were introduced earlier.
Image caption The National leads with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defending the Scottish government's decision to close construction sites while they remain open in other parts of the UK. Ms Sturgeon reacted to criticism from Scotland Office minister Douglas Ross by saying the restrictions to people's liberties can be repaired, but "what we can't do is bring people back to life".
Image caption UK government ministers have admitted having problems securing coronavirus testing kits. The Times says Boris Johnson has taken charge of efforts to source these chemicals, as the government admitted they were being delivered too slowly for frontline NHS staff. According to the paper, the prime minister and UK health secretary Matt Hancock are in talks with pharmaceutical companies around the world after admitting the shortage was constraining efforts to test NHS staff.
Image caption "Fix testing fiasco now" is the Daily Mail's take on the issue. In a comment piece on its front page, the paper says the "shambles" over testing has - by a "country mile" - been the UK government's greatest misstep in its handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Image caption The Courier reports on the number of coronavirus cases in Tayside almost doubling in 24 hours to 214. The sharp rise is being attributed by the Scottish government to issues with a laboratory which was unable to produce up-to-date figures over the weekend.
Image caption The Press and Journal says a "lifeline" deal has been struck to secure the jobs of thousands of offshore workers during the coronavirus crisis.
Image caption The Evening Telegraph leads with a man who is back home recovering after having 16 heart attacks. He tells the paper he is certain he would be dead were it not for dedicated hospital staff working flat out to tackle Covid-19 cases.
Image caption And finally, The Daily Star says the search is on for the holder of an unclaimed EuroMillions ticket bought in South Ayrshire which will land a lucky punter nearly £58m.

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