Scotland's papers: Millions could be jobless in economic 'meltdown'

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image copyrightEdinburgh Evening News
image captionThe Edinburgh Evening News leads with a stark warning that "millions" could be out of a job, following a forecast from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR). The paper says Scotland's economy could "fall off a cliff edge" with the prediction the economy will shrink up to 35% in the coming weeks.
image copyrightThe Herald
image captionSimilar points are made on the front page of The Herald, which highlights one in 10 jobs in Scotland could be at risk because of the lockdown. The analysis is based on a three-month lockdown period followed by three months of partially lifted measures, the paper says.
image copyrightDaily Record
image caption"Economic meltdown" is the Daily Record's take on the bleak warning from the UK's fiscal watchdog. The paper points out how the study shows the "biggest slump for more than 100 years" - meaning it will hit the economy harder than the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 and World War One.
image copyrightThe Scotsman
image captionThe Scotsman said the OBR "sounds the alarm" for a decline in living standards and two million more jobs lost, though the paper points out unemployment could fall by the end of the year. The paper also highlights claims of PPE prioritisation in England over Scotland - the chancellor's reaction is there is "no truth" in the matter.
image copyrightI paper
image captionThe i also leads on the stark assessment from the OBR but is quick to point out that any economic downturn "should bounce back" to normal by next year. The paper also says two million workers face unemployment as a result of the pandemic.
image copyrightScottish Daily Express
image captionChancellor Rishi Sunak said he was "deeply troubled" by the OBR's forecast, the Daily Express reports. The tabloid says Mr Sunak promised any hit to the economy would be "temporary" - but that there were "more tough times to come".
image copyrightGlasgow Times
image captionOn the subject of jobs, the Glasgow Times says key workers at Tesco Bank have "little to do". The papers says concerned employees say they are being "forced to go into work" as their jobs are deemed essential.
image copyrightScottish Daily Mail
image captionInstead of focusing on the economic warning, the Scottish Daily Mail leads on what it calls the "hidden" coronavirus-related deaths in care homes across the UK. It says experts warn a lack of testing may have contributed to up to 4,000 deaths, which are not included in official daily figures.
image copyrightEvening Express
image captionThe Evening Express leads with a local example of these deaths, reporting five at Wyndwell Nursing Home in Peterhead and "several other" residents showing symptoms of the virus.
image copyrightThe National
image captionThe National calls the uncertainty over PPE prioritisation a "scandal" as Health Secretary Jeane Freeman spoke to Matt Hancock to get to the bottom of the matter. Ms Freeman said she was given assurances that suppliers were not asked to prioritise England over Scotland - but she also asked that any misunderstanding by firms be resolved.
image copyrightThe Press and Journal
image captionThe Press and Journal reports that BP has "defended" its actions to protect workers against the virus, despite sending staff offshore without Covid-19 test results.
image copyrightThe Courier
image captionThe Courier leads with an outbreak at HMP Perth after one prisoner tested positive for the virus, while staff are off work with symptoms. The paper points out that concerns were raised last year over "chronic overcrowding" at the jail.
image copyrightDaily Star of Scotland
image captionIn a departure from coronavirus, the Daily Star of Scotland leads on a story about the Duke of Sussex who is, the paper says, struggling to adjust to his new life after he and wife Meghan stepped back from life as senior royals. "Ah diddums" reads the unsympathetic headline.
image copyrightEvening Telegraph
image captionAnd the Evening Telegraph leads with an "acrimonious split" between Dundee United and the club's supporters' foundation after chairman Mark Ogren accused them of making "unreasonable demands" regarding potential investment. Mr Ogren said the Tangerines would "no longer recognise" the group.

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