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  1. Goodbye

    Public sunbathe on Portobello Beach
    Image caption: Portobello Beach has had a busy Saturday

    That completes our coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in Scotland for today.

    Join us again for more coverage tomorrow morning. Have a good evening.

  2. Saturday's headlines

    • Hundreds attend an anti-racism rally in Glasgow city centre despite a government appeal not to attend amid the lockdown.
    • Police keep protesters apart from a small group of loyalists and hem in representatives of the Green Brigade group of Celtic supporters.
    • Schools "unlikely" to be back full-time by August, says Scotland's national clinical director.
    • Former first minister Lord McConnell says full-time return for pupils must be top priority, with 'blended learning' a back-up plan.
    • Thousands of school pupils in Scotland may be missing out on online learning at home, new figures suggest.
    • A review into the 2m social distancing rule will conclude "within the coming days", the UK culture secretary tells the BBC.
    • Two more people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died, taking the total to 2,472 deaths in Scotland by that measure.
    • Care home inspections drop by 90% during pandemic.
    • Glasgow City Council is to clear a food waste pile-up after many households failed to comply with an appeal not to use them after the service was cancelled.
    • Scotland's 'stay at home' message replaced with 'stay safe'.
    • UK traffic levels 'now double the lockdown low'.
  3. Old Firm hampered more by closed-door games - Collins

    John Collins (right) was assistant manager to Ronny Deila

    "It will disadvantage Celtic and Rangers more than anybody," says former Scotland star John Collins of plans to resume football behind closed doors due to the coronavirus.

    "They are so used to to being pushed by full stadiums, while other clubs don't have that," reasoned the former Celtic player and assistant manager.

    "Top players, the bigger the game, the more they enjoy it. They deal with pressure and that comes from the expectation of the fans; if you make a bad pass you get booed."

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  4. Anti-racism rally, Green Brigade and loyalists head for George Square

    Police and protesters in Glasgow's George Square
    Image caption: Police and protesters packed into Glasgow's George Square

    Hundreds of people have staged an anti-racism rally in Glasgow city centre despite appeals to stay away because of lockdown restrictions.

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, the city council and Police Scotland had called on the public not to gather for the Say No To Racism demonstration.

    There was a heavy police presence following violent scenes from a far-right group on Wednesday, but there have been no reports of any trouble.

    A group of around 50 loyalists who went to the Cenotaph were kept apart from the main crowd, while a group of protesters from the Green Brigade - a group who follow Celtic Football Club - were hemmed in by police in the centre of the square.

    In Edinburgh's St Andrew Square, a protest was held at the statue of Henry Dundas, who delayed the abolition of the slave trade.

    Meanwhile, the Loyalist Defence League has been staging a "protect the statues" demonstration at the Paisley War Memorial.

    Read more.

  5. New Covid-19 tracing tool appears on smartphones

    Zoe Kleinman

    Technology reporter, BBC News

    Man using smartphone

    A Covid-19 tracing software tool has appeared in the settings of both Android phones and iPhones as part of an update of their operating systems.

    The "exposure notification" tool is switched off by default, and is not a tracing app itself.

    It enables an app to run in the background while still using Bluetooth.

    This lets the app measure the distance between two handsets - and then alert the phone owner if someone near them later tests positive for Covid-19.

    In the UK there is currently no available contact-tracing app.

    The update has caused some confusion, with people querying the new addition to their handsets on social media.

    "This is not a new app but is an extra element added to the phones' operating systems to enable approved developers to build apps that can potentially warn of proximity to infected individuals," said computer scientist Prof Alan Woodward, of Surrey University.

  6. Scotland enjoys easing of lockdown

    Visitors on the beach and walkways at Balloch
    Image caption: Some basked in the sunshine at Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond
    Crowds in Princes Street, Edinburgh
    Image caption: Crowds are beginning to increase again on Edinburgh's Princes Street
  7. Where do governments borrow money?

    Government debt

    The UK's debt is now worth more than its economy after the government borrowed a record amount in May.

    But how do governments borrow money and when does it have to be paid back?false

    Read on for the full story

  8. Kids' impressions of lockdown raise funds for school

    Pupil Robert with his painting

    It is not the end of term they would have wanted, but pupils at one Edinburgh school have a new way to mark it by holding an art auction on their playground railings.

    Bruntsfield Primary pupils are hanging 120 paintings, created during lockdown, on the iron palings outside their building to raise funds for their school.

    Works by children as young as five are being displayed alongside pieces donated by some professional artists and will be sold online next week.

    Parent curator Fiona Reid has arranged a rota of parents on duty to ensure social distancing.

  9. 'It's always difficult without a full stadium'

    Celtic captain Scott Brown ponders Scottish football's return without supporters in attendance.

    The Scottish Premiership hopes to kick off the new season on 1 August after last term was curtailed due to the coronavirus.

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    Video caption: 'It's always difficult without full stadium' - Celtic captain Brown on return to football
  10. Food waste piling up as flat bin collections scrapped in Glasgow

    waste bins

    Glasgow City Council says it will tackle a food waste pile-up after many households failed to comply with cancelled services.

    It was announced on 24 March that food bins would cease to be emptied from flats as lockdown measures impacted on services.

    However, officials say residents have continued to use them.

    Councils which kept the service include Edinburgh City, which noted food waste would become a "public health hazard" if left to build up.

    Others, such as Dundee and Aberdeen, scrapped the service altogether.

    Read more

  11. Household reunions: Hugging my daughter after months apart was 'precious'

    Alex McLean

    At age 91, Alex McLean is a stoic individual - fond of the phrase "what's for you won't go by you".

    He has lived on his own in East Kilbride for three years after his wife Betty died following a battle with dementia.

    But despite his hardy nature, the toll of lockdown was noticed by his daughter Carol Ann Hanna.

    The two have now formed an "extended household group" in line with new Scottish government guidelines - and the reunion was "precious".

    Read more here.

  12. BreakingUK virus deaths increase by 128

    The total number of people who have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus is 42,589, as of 17:00 (BST) on Friday.

    It is an increase of 128 deaths from the previous 24 hours, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

  13. Tourism and hospitality sector told how to reopen

    Pubs across the UK remain closed

    Scotland's hotels, restaurants and pubs have been given new guidance as they prepare to reopen.

    The tourism and hospitality industry is set to emerge from almost four months of lockdown on 15 July.

    But businesses will have to adopt to the new reality through measures ranging from social distancing to improved hand hygiene.

    Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said: "The coming months will be extremely challenging."

    The new advice includes establishing physical distancing which takes account of "organisational capacity, queue management, signage and markings".

    It will also detail "enhanced hand hygiene measures and cleaning practice" and advice for employers on issues including training and equality issues.

    Read more

  14. 'Walking through Edinburgh now makes me sad'

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    Donald Anderson

    For seven years, Donald Anderson worked to make Edinburgh a vibrant and buzzing place as the capital's council leader.

    But now, walking along Princes Street two weeks after he started back at work in the city centre, he says it has been a "profoundly depressing experience" and that the sooner the capital gets "back to normal the better".

    He says he is acutely aware at every turn that businesses are "losing money and livelihoods were at stake".

    Mr Anderson, who now works in South St Andrew Street as a communications consultant, says the centre of Edinburgh is not the place he once governed.

    Read more here.

  15. Scottish FA makes move in SPFL legal dispute

    Hearts against Partick Thistle

    The Scottish FA has written to Heart of Midlothian and Partick Thistle to ask why they have opted to take legal action against their respective relegations.

    The two clubs filed a petition at the Court of Session on Wednesday after the Scottish Professional Football League ended the season early because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    In that, they have asked for a judge to scrap promotions and relegations throughout all four of Scotland's divisions.

    That sparked a robust response from Dundee United, Raith Rovers and Cove Rangers, who would stay down despite being named champions.

    In a joint statement, the "extremely unhappy" trio say that could "potentially have catastrophic financial implications" not just for them, but for each of the SPFL's 42 clubs and confirm they have instructed lawyers to act for them.

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