Scotland's papers: 'Could have gone either way' and Bojo's 'Angels'

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image captionBoris Johnson's discharge from hospital makes most of the front pages this Easter Monday. The PM recorded a personal message relating his experience in intensive care while suffering from coronavirus. The Times leads with Mr Johnson's admission that "it could have gone either way" as he revealed how serious his illness was.
image captionMr Johnson named a long list of medical staff who helped him, and the Scottish Sun leads with two nurses who were given particular praise. The front page carries pictures of Jenny and Luis, who it calls "Bojo's Angels".
image captionThe Scottish Daily Mail calls its image of the prime minister "an Easter picture to cheer us all" but leads with a story claiming that airlifts of PPE from China - the world's main supplier - are being hampered by "red tape". The paper says that other deliveries of equipment reaching the UK have been wrongly labelled or deemed unusable after failing safety checks.
image captionThe Scottish Daily Express picks out a particular phrase from Boris Johnson's tribute, where he said his "survival" was "powered by love". He also called the NHS "the beating heart of the country". The paper reveals the PM was reunited with his pregnant fiancée Carrie Symonds as he arrived at Chequers to recuperate.
image captionBoris Johnson's NHS tribute leads the i newspaper, which also bullet points the other main developments in the Covid-19 crisis, including the UK death toll passing 10,000 and a scientist's warning the country could be one of the worst-hit in Europe.
image captionThe same warning from a virus expert makes the lead story in Monday's National. The front page is shared by the question: "Why isn't the UK government being held to account over Covid-19 failings" - asked by columnist Ruth Wishart.
image captionThe Herald centres on a Scottish company which it says is "poised to transform the battle against coronavirus" with a medicine which it hopes will target deadly lung infections in patients with the illness. Aberdeen-based NovaBiotics says it could be testing one of its drugs on Covid-19 patients by the second half of the year.
image caption"Mask raiders" is the headline in the Daily Record. The paper claims that organised criminals are trying to cash in on the coronavirus crisis by stockpiling vital protective clothing and testing kits. It says police believe gangs are attempting to trade counterfeit, out of date, mislabelled and non-compliant equipment.
image captionThe P&J leads with the pay rise for care workers announced on Sunday by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.
image captionThe same story leads the Edinburgh Evening News which says thousands of care staff will get a 3.3% raise, backdated to the start of this month.
image captionAberdeen's Evening Express reveals plans to turn a city hotel into a temporary hospital to ease pressure on existing NHS wards.
image captionCompanies with unhappy staff during the coronavirus crisis are "named and shamed" in Glasgow's Evening Times.
image caption"Stay away" is the warning to TV star Ross Kemp in the Daily Star, which says NHS staff and families of patients were angry after he entered an ICU department to film a news report.
image captionAnd The Scotsman leads with an exclusive about universal credit. The headline reads "Universal Credit is failing - let Holyrood decide benefits". The paper quotes a report which suggests most Scots believe the Scottish Parliament should decide "most or all" aspects of social security policy north of the border and that the system has not worked.

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