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  1. That's it for today

    Here's a recap of some of the day's developments:

    • The row over Dominic Cummings' lockdown journey to County Durham continued, with Moray MP Douglas Ross becoming the first Tory minister to resign
    • Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said he believed the PM's special adviser should consider his position, as the row was becoming a distraction from tackling the outbreak
    • Nicola Sturgeon announced that the new "test and protect" strategy would go live on Thursday
    • Scotland's transport secretary said passengers on public transport should wear masks, and capacity will be drastically reduced as the lockdown eases
    • The education secretary said the expectation was that school exams would go ahead in 2021 but he could not give an absolute assurance. John Swinney also promised that part-time schooling would continue only for as long as necessary

    We'll be back tomorrow with live updates, when we'll get the latest weekly National Records of Scotland figures on coronavirus deaths, a wider measure than the daily figures.

  2. Childcare-related lockdown fines may not be reviewed after all.

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    In his first answer during the daily briefing, Matt Hancock heard Martin from Brighton ask whether the government will review all penalty fines for families travelling for childcare purposes during lockdown.

    Hancock said it was “perfectly reasonable to take away that question” and said he would look at it with his Treasury colleagues.

    The question comes a day after the PM's chief aide said he travelled to Durham for childcare reasons - but he is accused of breaking lockdown rules and is facing calls to resign.

    However, it looks like all he may have been willing to do is pass the query on.

  3. Double decker buses 'limited to 18 passengers'

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    A bus in central Glasgow

    Public transport will be "nothing like full blast" when lockdown measures on movement ease, says BBC Scotland's transport correspondent David Henderson.

    "I was at the First Bus depot in Glasgow today and they have worked out that they can only carry 18 passengers on a double decker that has seats for 75," he explains. "It will only be nine or 10 on a single decker.

    "Seats will be clearly marked, so you won't be allowed to sit just anywhere, and drivers will count people on and off.

    "When the bus is full, the sign will come up saying 'sorry, bus full' on the destination screen.

    "Those strict rules are going to apply to every bus in Scotland and trains are going to be in the same situation."

    Read more: Bus and train passengers 'expected' to wear face coverings

  4. Health secretary quizzed over 'major outbreak' at Glasgow hospital

    Jeane Freeman

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has been pressed on a "major outbreak" of coronavirus inside a Glasgow hospital.

    Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon called for action as she questioned Ms Freeman about "worrying reports" from Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow.

    She shared the story of patient David Holgate who was admitted to the hospital, tested negative for Covid-19, but was later struck down by the virus and died in the hospital alone.

    Ms Lennon said health board papers "confirm over 20 ward closures occurred across March and April this year" in the area because of coronavirus.

    The Health Secretary said she did "not have the exact number in terms of the number of wards that were closed across all hospital settings" - but said she would "secure that number".

    She also expressed her sympathies to those who had lost loved ones but said that the 14-day incubation period for Covid-19 meant it was very difficult to tell if someone was clear of the disease or not when they were admitted to hospital.

  5. SPFL board to discuss Hearts' reconstruction plan on Wednesday

    Hearts owner Ann Budge
    Image caption: Hearts owner Ann Budge is hoping her club will be included in an extended top flight next season

    The SPFL board will meet tomorrow to discuss a league reconstruction proposal put forward by Hearts owner Ann Budge.

    Hearts, relegated when the Scottish Premiership was called last week due to the coronavirus crisis, are expected to circulate their plan to clubs on Wednesday morning.

    Budge can either seek SPFL board support or enlist two other clubs to requisition an EGM.

    After original talks failed, Budge is proposing a temporary revamp with an expanded top tier including her club.

    Read more

  6. JK Rowling unveils The Ickabog, her first non-Harry Potter children's book

    JK Rowling

    JK Rowling has surprised fans with the announcement of a brand new children's book, which she is publishing in daily instalments on her website for free.

    The Ickabog is her first children's story not to be linked to Harry Potter. She wrote it over a decade ago for her own children and has now dusted it off.

    It's for "children on lockdown, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times", she said.

    She had previously referred to it only as an unnamed "political fairytale".

    Read more here.

  7. Swinney doesn't rule out cancellation of next year's exams

    Education Secretary John Swinney
    Image caption: Education Secretary John Swinney

    Children will be at school part time "as long as required but not a moment longer", according to the Education Secretary John Swinney.

    Because of social distancing, it's expected that pupils will initially be at school some of the time - and working from home at other times.

    Pupils across Scotland are expected to return to school from August 11.

    Mr Swinney said he took the view the date was set in stone as long as it was safe.

    He told MSPs school closures had a negative effect on all aspects of children and young people’s progress and development, as well as their wellbeing.

    In response to a question from the Scottish Conservatives, Mr Swinney didn't explicitly rule out the possibility next year's exams could be cancelled.

  8. Did the public misunderstand the rules?

    Citing a YouGov poll conducted today, a journalist from the Financial Times says 71% of the public believed Mr Cummings's drive to Durham broke the lockdown rules. He asks whether all those people misunderstood the rules.

    Matt Hancock doesn't answer the question directly but says: "The guidelines were drafted with exceptional circumstances in mind."

    If you have adults that are unable to look after a small child, that is an exceptional circumstance, he says.

    "It is reasonable to conclude that the description of events that Mr Cummings put out yesterday was within the guidelines."

  9. Hancock: I understand anger some people feel over Cummings

    UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock
    Image caption: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock

    LBC asks about an apparent loss in people's confidence in the government and its public health message over the Dominic Cummings row.

    UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he "of course" understands the anger that some people feel.

    But he says: "Mr Cummings himself said he should have got the facts out earlier".

    And he says it is "important" as a country "we focus on what we need to do now".

    Hancock adds that he thinks it reasonable that some people disagree with his view.

  10. Cummings' 'becoming a distraction' - Carlaw

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    Video caption: Jackson Carlaw on Dominic Cummings' road trip to Durham

    The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has told Downing Street that Dominic Cummings should consider his position.

    Jackson Carlaw suggested the story was "becoming a distraction" from efforts to fight coronavirus.

    Asked why he had not expressed his views earlier, he said he was waiting for the full facts and had been confident initially that Boris Johnson - who did have the facts - had made the right call.

  11. Hancock: Cummings' actions were 'reasonable'

    At the UK government briefing BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg asks about the Dominic Cummings row - did Hancock stand by his past comments that the virus stay-at-home guidelines were instructions?

    Hancock says Dominic Cummings set out what happened in "extensive detail" yesterday.

    He says she can understand why "reasonable people" have a different view, but his view is the same as the PM's and he believes Dominic Cummings' actions were reasonable.

    "If you are unable to look after a small child that is an exceptional circumstance," he says.

  12. Ross 'could not defend what government was saying' on Cummings

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    Douglas Ross shares a dram with Boris Johnson in November
    Image caption: Douglas Ross shares a dram with Boris Johnson in November

    Douglas Ross tells BBC Scotland: "As a minister, you must be able to defend what the government are saying and I wasn't able to do that.

    "I was feeding in over the weekend that my constituents were unhappy - and some are unhappy with my resignation - but I had a choice to make. I'm the MP for Moray and I thought the best way to represent my home area was to resign from government but to continue to stand up for this area from the backbenches.

    "I have constituents who followed the guidance, they didn't go to hospital to support a loved one, they didn't go to a funeral to mourn."

    Mr Ross says he thinks Mr Cummings might have behaved differently with the benefit of hindsight and explains that he has discussed a self-isolation plan at home with his wife and child.

    He adds that there are still "unanswered questions" from Mr Cummings' statement, which is why he couldn't defend it and says the issue is a distraction from the good economic response to the current crisis.

  13. Politician who lost mum to Covid-19 'pretty angry' about Cummings

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    BBC Radio Scotland

    The leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council has said she was "pretty angry" about the situation involving Dominic Cummings.

    She has written to Scottish Secretary Alister Jack voice support for Douglas Ross' resignation. The former Labour MSP said Cummings' excuse was not "reasonable" and "he should have known better than anyone what the advice was".

    Elaine Murray
    Image caption: Former MSP and current leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council Elaine Murray lost her mother to Covid-19

    Dr Murray told BBC Radio Scotland: "My mother was in a care home, she was suffering from advanced dementia. On 20 April I was advised that she'd have a stroke and that she probably didn't have very long to live.

    "I was lucky because the care home allowed me in to visit her two days consecutively, but I wasn't there when she died.

    "My sister, who's in London, her instinct - as we were saying about Cummings - would have been to get on a train and come up to try and see her. She didn't do it. She was unable to attend the funeral because she lived in London and she wasn't going to take the risk of travelling by public transport and changing at Carlisle to come up to Dumfries.

    "As I say, I am one family of many who have been in the position where we have not been able to mourn properly, where's we've not been able to say goodbye to the person we loved properly."

  14. What is Dominic Cummings accused of?

    UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock
    Image caption: UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock

    The UK government briefing is underway.

    UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock is likely to face questions about whether the prime minister's most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, broke lockdown rules when he drove from London to Durham with his sick wife.

    The story generated a political storm over the weekend, and this morning a junior minister resigned from the government.Thirty Conservative MPs have called on Mr Cummings to resign or be fired. As has Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw.

    Find out everything you need to know with our round-up here.

    Follow the briefing live here.

  15. Ross 'can't reason' with Cummings' eyesight test drive

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    Douglas Ross MP

    Douglas Ross, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Scotland, said today that he was quitting after hearing Dominic Cummings’ efforts to defend his trip from London to Durham during the coronavirus lockdown.

    Moray MP told BBC Scotland that he "could understand the instant decision to protect his son and wife" but could not justify Mr Cummings' actions to his constituents since others would not have been able to act in a similar way if they were following the government guidance.

    Mr Ross also adds that he "can't reason" with Cummings' explanation for his drive to test his eyesight.

    "If you are struggling with your vision, you don't tend to get in a car and drive for 30 minutes and then back again," he said.