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  1. That's it for tonight

    Here are some of the day's headlines:

    • The weekly National Records of Scotland figures showed more people have now died with coronavirus in care homes than in hospitals
    • For the fifth week in a row, the number of people dying has fallen
    • The latest data shows that up until 31 May there was a total of 3,911 fatalities where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate
    • The economic impact of the pandemic hit home when Rolls Royce announced plans to shed 9,000 jobs worldwide, including 700 at Inchannan in Renfrewshire
    • Childminding services and outdoor nurseries have been allowed to resume as part of first phase of lifting lockdown

    We'll be back with more live updates on Thursday when we should get the latest estimates of the R-number - a measure of how fast the virus is spreading.

  2. 'We need to find a balance to restart society'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Young people have already lost months of education and a global recession is being widely predicted in the wake of the current crisis.

    "The reality is that 76% of Covid-19 deaths in the UK have been aged over 75 with most of those entirely avoidable - and that's a tragedy," says Linda Bauld, Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh.

    "But the risk for young people is minimal and I think we need to recognise that.

    "Social distancing is something we all need to try and maintain because we don't want more preventable cases rising in the future.

    "But we have to balance the need to restart society - to not seriously disadvantage the young in the longer term. I'd like to see a gradual, phased approach, but try to get education and the economy up and running as quickly and as competently as we can."

  3. Nursery warns safety restrictions could harm business viability

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Outdoor nursery

    Outdoor nurseries and childminders have today been able to get back to work.

    But one nursery owner has warned safety restrictions in place will make businesses not viable without financial support to cover the shortfall.

    Zoey Sills, who runs the Earthtime Forest Nursery in Elgin, said normal worker ratios require two staff for up to 16 children. With group sizes limited to eight, this essentially doubles staff costs, she said.

    She urged government to trust nurseries to make safety decisions, because the outdoor setting and the fact nurseries already care for small groups means they are well equipped on safety.

    Scottish Childminding Association lead Graeme McAlister said there has been an increase in demand for services in recent weeks.

    He said childminders were now focused on five key safety points: enhanced hygiene, keeping groups small, minimising contact between different groups, utilising outdoor space and physical distancing between adults when they come to collect children.

  4. Transport data worry over lockdown easing

    Scotland's transport secretary says there was a significant rise in traffic last weekend.

    Data shows car traffic levels rose by 70% over the weekend, and by 110% on some tourist routes.

    Traffic at cross-border sites was also up by 35%

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    Quote Message: These volumes go beyond what would be expected to be generated by local residents. Nor do these figures indicate that everyone is sticking to the guidance to stay within five miles of home or by people travelling a reasonable distance to meet loved ones. from Michael Matheson Transport secretary
    Michael MathesonTransport secretary
  5. Quarantine plan a 'total shambles' says travel body

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    The Institute of Travel and Tourism has hit out at the UK government's plan to have people quarantine for two weeks after entering the UK.

    Chairman Steven Freudman labelled the decision a "total shambles".

    He also questioned the timing of the decision, highlighting this had been the policy in March before it was dropped.

    A targeted approach would be better, he argued, for example by testing everyone on arrival and not requiring those who are negative to isolate or by developing air bridges with low-risk countries.

  6. Scottish clubs asked to consider 14-team top flight for five years

    Hearts and Inverness CT would hope to benefit if the top flight was expanded
    Image caption: Hearts and Inverness CT would hope to benefit if the top flight was expanded

    The SPFL has asked clubs if they would back a 14-team Scottish Premiership for next season and, if not, how might their objections be overcome.

    In a letter to clubs in the top two tiers, chief executive Neil Doncaster queried if enlarging the Premiership for five years would be more palatable.

    Responses have been requested by 17:00 BST on Friday.

    League reconstruction is on the agenda following the premature end to last season due to the coronavirus crisis, with Hearts, relegated from the Premiership, leading the campaign to extend the top division.

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  7. Sturgeon urges public to follow guidance

    The first minister has again used the daily briefing to urge the public to read and follow the Scottish government guidance.

    Here it is:

    1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 1: staying at home and away from others (physical distancing)

    This is the guidance for the first phase of easing the lockdown.

    2. Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

    The Scottish government has identified four phases for easing the restrictions. We are currently in phase one.

    3. Test and Protect

    If you have Covid-19 symptoms go immediately to NHS Inform online or phone 0800 028 2816 to book a test

    4. NHS Inform

    The latest from NHS Scotland and the Scottish government, including social distancing, face covering and stay at home advice.

  8. 'For years I've been saying we've been buying care on the cheap'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    "I don't want the state to tell me it's that care home or the high road," says Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, when asked about the possibility of the care sector being moved into public ownership.

    "People need choice and control. It's not one size fits all."

    Dr Macaskill believes rapid reporting systems and provision of PPE were handled well but says overall social care was not sufficiently prioritised.

    He tells BBC Scotland that the way five key areas were dealt with has been "less than adequate".

    • The way people were discharged from hospital
    • Confusion over whether people from care home should be admitted to hospital
    • How individuals were alerted around DNR forms
    • The testing regime
    • A failure to introduce testing and tracking right at the beginning

    He goes on to say that it's "easy to point fingers" before accusing some politicians of "selective amnesia".

    "For years I've been saying we've been buying care on the cheap."

  9. Rolls-Royce to cut 700 jobs at Renfrewshire plant

    Rolls-Royce are expected to cut 700 jobs from its Renfrewshire plant based on the reduced workload

    Rolls-Royce is expected to cut 700 jobs at its plant in Renfrewshire as part of job losses across the aero-engine company.

    The Derby-based firm has begun the process by offering voluntary redundancy to everyone across its UK civil aerospace division.

    The firm, which makes aero-engines and power systems for aircraft and military ships, is to shed 9,000 jobs worldwide, around 20% of its workforce.

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  10. 'Exam results' definitely due on August 4

    Students who should have been sitting exams this year will definitely get their results on August 4.

    The grades candidates get for qualifications such as National 5s and Highers will be based on estimates by teachers.

    They’re now in and will be validated - using factors such as a candidate's or school's previous record.

  11. Care homes part of coronavirus planning from start insists clinical director

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Prof Jason Leitch

    Scotland's national clinical director insists care homes have been part of coronavirus planning from the start.

    But he admits that does not mean there has not been "missteps" and plans have been "adjusted" as more has been learned about Covid-19.

    Prof Jason Leitch says: "Unfortunately this virus, when it gets hold, is so nasty that it has taken its toll on that community - not because social care workers don't care, or that providers of those care homes don't care."

    Asked about NHS Louisa Jordan, Prof Leitch says he expects it to be kept for some time as a contingency though he still hopes it will never be used.

    He explains: "Winter will always concern us, because of flu added onto coronavirus, added onto people going back to work and people going back to school."

  12. Virus could cost council almost £97m

    Highland Council says it faces a potential budget gap of almost £97m because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The local authority says the risks to the health and wellbeing of its staff and communities, along with its ability to provide services, were "greater than perhaps ever before".

    Additional costs to the council have come from setting up humanitarian assistance centres, a helpline, food projects, hardship and welfare projects, business grants, childcare for key workers and online education.

  13. PM defends 14-day quarantine plans

    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson moves on to talk about the controversial plans to ask anyone arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days.

    The prime minister says there was screening of passengers arriving from China and other countries early in the outbreak but this was halted due to high levels of community transmission.

    Now that these levels have decreased, he says there is a need to impose strict controls to stop the risk of imported cases.

    Mr Johnson says the measures are tough and necessary and will be reviewed.

    He also says that "air bridges" or international air corridors will be considered with countries with low transmission rates but "only when it is safe to do so".

  14. 'There is an appetite amongst operators to get things moving'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: UK 'now more vulnerable to infections from abroad' - Priti Patel

    Plans to force almost all arrivals to the UK to isolate for 14 days have been confirmed by the home secretary.

    Priti Patel told the Commons that Border Force will check that travellers fill out a form with their contact details and location for isolation.

    Rebecca Brooks of Abbey Ireland and UK tells Drivetime discussions about air corridors are welcome, but she says hospitality businesses must also be able to open so people coming to the UK have a place to arrive to.

    "There is an appetite amongst operators to get things moving," she says.

    She warns a drawn out process would be "devastating" for airlines and hospitality in general.

  15. UK press conference has started

    Boris Johnson

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is leading today's coronavirus press conference.

    He is accompanied by Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer and Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK government's chief scientific adviser.

    You can watch the briefing here with us or follow updates here.