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  1. Coronvirus in Scotland: Monday's key points

    That concludes BBC Scotland's live online coverage for Monday. Today:

    • "I don't regret what I did," says Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings
    • Nicola Sturgeon had urged Dominic Cummings to admit he "made a mistake"
    • Three further deaths have taken place in Scotland of people who have tested positive for Covid-19
    • The first minister says she will announce on Thursday how lockdown rules will change - probably taking effect from Friday.

    Live coverage will resume early on Tuesday.

  2. Video content

    Video caption: Dominic Cummings: Full statement on lockdown row

    The PM's chief adviser told a press conference he wanted to "clear up confusion" amid calls for him to resign.

  3. SNP: A car-crash press conference

    Ian Blackford

    Reacting to Dominic Cummings statement, the Scottish National Party's Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: "After that car-crash press conference Boris Johnson has no option but to sack his chief adviser.

    "It is now beyond doubt that Dominic Cummings broke multiple lockdown rules, possibly on multiple occasions."

  4. Knowledge of Cummings' trip show Johnson 'not fit' to be PM

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Alastair Campbell

    Alastair Campbell has suggested Cummings' statement demonstrates Boris Johnson is "not fit" to be prime minister.

    He said: "He's known that his closest adviser broke the rules while they've been pumping this message into our house day after day after day after day: stay at home, protect the NHS, save people's lives."

    Tony Blair's ex-spin doctor said Mr Cummings had "no idea how angry people are". He added: "We've got a depraved, amoral government and he's a big part of it, and they're going to try tough it out."

  5. What did we learn from the first minister's briefing earlier today?

    Sturgeon washing hands

    Here are the main points from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's daily briefing held this lunchtime:

  6. 'We haven't been able to get our family together to have a funeral for mum'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Tony McCaffery, who lost his mum to Covid-19, said he was "flabbergasted" by Dominic Cummings' statement.

    He told Drivetime: "We haven't been able to get our family together to have a funeral for mum because people weren't able to make that journey.

    "They weren't able to come together form just outside of Glasgow because they were told to stay home and stay close to home and only go out for essential reasons."

    Tony questioned why Mr Cummings felt he could not only drive to the north of England from London, but also why he would take a 30-minute drive with his child if he had been worried about his vision.

  7. How are we going to pay for the coronavirus damage?

    Video content

    Video caption: How are we going to pay for coronavirus?

    Coronavirus has cost the government hundreds of billions of pounds. How will we pay for it?

  8. Sturgeon 'haunted' by virus impact on care homes

    Nicola Sturgeon

    The spread of coronavirus in care homes is "heartbreaking" and "will haunt a lot of us for a long time", Nicola Sturgeon has said.

    Cases of the virus have been reported in 60% of Scotland's care homes, with a total of 5,635 residents affected.

    Ministers have come under pressure over why hundreds of hospital patients were sent to homes without being tested.

    Ms Sturgeon said her government had "done what we thought was best based on the knowledge that we had at the time".

    Read more here.

  9. Reality Check

    What are the rules on looking after children?

    Dominic Cummings has defended his actions by saying that “the rules made clear that if you are dealing with small children, then that can be exceptional circumstances”.

    The stay at home guidelines say people who live with someone who develops symptoms "must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days".

    However, the same guidance document also says that “we are aware that not all these measures will be possible” if you are living with children.

    On Friday, Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, pointed out that "risk to life" would be a valid reason to break lockdown rules.

    Back in March, Dr Harries said that if both parents were unable to look after a small child and had no access to family or other support, they should get help from the local authority.

  10. Cummings: I never offered resignation to Johnson

    Dominic Cummings

    The next reporter asks about Dominic Cummings "blaming the media" for "the mess you have got the government into", but says it was him that broke the rules.

    Mr Cummings disagrees that he has "broken the spirit" of the rules.

    He says that when he left London, his wife did not have a cough or fever, but was ill and had thrown up.

    "We didn't know whether or not she had Covid or not," he answers.

    The walk in the woods he took "was on private land", he adds, saying he "did not leave the property - it was perfectly reasonable behaviour".

    Cummings also confirms he never offered his resignation to Boris Johnson.

  11. Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: 'Cummings should admit he made a mistake'

    Dominic Cummings should concede he made a mistake rather than retrospectively rewrite the rules, says Sturgeon.

  12. Analysis: 'What have we learned from Cummings' side of the story?'

    Jonathan Blake

    BBC political correspondent

    Dominic Cummings has given a detailed account of what he did, when and why. So what have we learned from his side of the story?

    He described the fact that his London home had become a “target” which led him to fear for the safety of his family.

    Mr Cummings also admitted not telling the prime minister about his decision to decide to travel to his parent’s property in Durham.

    He explained some of the uncertainties about his movements including what he was doing in Castle Bernard (to test his eyesight for driving) and whether he stopped on the journey from London (he didn’t).

    But on several occasions Mr Cummings described the “exceptional circumstances” of providing care for a small child, which he believed the guidelines allow.

    He acknowledged that people were angry and “hated the idea of unfairness” - and admitted that he should’ve made a statement sooner.

    But this was an explanation for his actions, not an apology.

    It will be for people to judge whether they accept it as a justification for what many see as acting against the spirit, if not the letter of the rules.

  13. Cummings: I don't think I am so different

    Sky's Beth Rigby asks why Dominic Cummings thinks he is so different to "thousands of ordinary families" and does he owe them apology.

    "I don't think I am so different," he says.

    "I think that I looked at the guidance, I knew what it was, it talks about exceptional circumstances with small children... and I think I behaved responsibly and legally."

  14. Cummings: I understand anger after media reports

    Laura Kuenssberg asks if he has exploited a "loophole" in the rules and if he understood why people were angry.

    "I certainly do," Mr Cummings replied. "After some of the media over the last couple of days I am not surprised you are very angry if you are someone sitting at home watching the media.

    "But I think and hope that today explained all the circumstances about a complicated tricky situation."

    He says it may have been a "mistake" not to tell the PM on the Friday night when he decided to leave, adding he has "thought a lot over this period what I could have done better in dealing with the whole crisis".

    "There are lot of things I could have done better but in this 14 days [my actions were] reasonable."

  15. Cummings does not 'regret' actions

    Laura Kuenssberg puts the first question to Dominic Cummings
    Image caption: Laura Kuenssberg puts the first question to Dominic Cummings

    The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg asks if Dominic Cummings regrets what he did.

    He answers he doesn't.

    "I think what I did was actually reasonable in these circumstances," says Mr Cummings.

    He says "in terms of the rules", dealing with small children was an "exceptional circumstance".

    "The way that I dealt with it was the least risk to everybody concerned," he adds.