Scotland's papers: Scots expert ahead of schedule with coronavirus vaccine

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The march of the coronavirus grips most of the newspaper headlines again. An exclusive in The Scotsman claims a Scottish scientist is three months ahead of schedule in getting a vaccine to the point of testing on humans. Dr Kate Broderick, from Dunfermline, told the paper the vaccine she has been working on at a lab in California, will be ready for trials in April.
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A sheltered housing complex in Ayrshire is on "lockdown" according to the Daily Record. The paper reports that the facility in Kilmarnock has been put into isolation after a resident returned from a holiday in Singapore feeling unwell. But the case, it says, is not the patient in the region who tested positive for the virus yesterday, bringing the number of Scottish cases to three.
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The National reports on the first minister's warning that a "rapid rise" in coronavirus cases is very likely. It came as new patients were confirmed in the Grampian area and Ayrshire.
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The Scotland edition of The Times claims the UK parliament "may be suspended for five months" to stop MPs from spreading coronavirus. It is also just one of today's papers using a photograph of a woman in a face mask in front of a poster for the new James Bond film No Time To Die, whose release has been postponed due to the outbreak.
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The first case of coronavirus to be diagnosed in the north of Scotland makes the front page of The P&J. NHS Grampian yesterday confirmed a patient was being treated for the infection. The paper goes on to say contact tracing is ongoing for the new case.
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The Scottish Daily Mail warns that the virus is "tightening its grip on the UK", saying the country is on the brink of a "new phase" of the coronavirus crisis after the largest surge in cases in one day. It says that 36 cases were diagnosed in the UK over a 24-hour period.
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The i takes an international look at the situation, reporting that Italy has taken the decision to close all schools for a period of time to delay the spread of the virus. The front page bullet points list the developments, including claims the coronavirus has two strains, one mild and one aggressive. The paper also touches on the collapse of airline Flybe after a slump in bookings, a story which broke after many of the papers had gone to print.
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"Nothing can stop the coronavirus" claims the Scottish Daily Express. As the UK total for positive cases hit 87, the paper claims dramatically that a top medical expert expects the virus to "claim lives" as it takes an inevitable hold.
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Fears that the virus could be spreading in hospitals is the top story in The Telegraph, which reports that three of the latest coronavirus cases were already NHS patients. The paper says authorities have increased surveillance on medical facilities in a bid to contain the infection.
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Six Nations rugby fans have been warned to stay away from Murrayfield this weekend if they have any cold symptoms, according to the Edinburgh Evening News. The paper also leads with a story claiming cocaine usage in Edinburgh has quadrupled in the last five years.
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The 007 story is how the Daily Star chose to report on the coronavirus. It has been announced the release of the new James Bond instalment No Time To Die will now be put back to November, instead of April, due to the virus. The movie's world premiere was due to take place at the Royal Albert Hall in London later this month. But already press tours have been cancelled in countries including China, South Korea and Japan.
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The Herald leads with a story claiming Scotland's employers are facing a 25% hike in business rates in just three years, according to official forecasts. The claim comes as part of the paper's coverage of the Scottish budget, taking place at Holyrood on Thursday.
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The Courier urges people in Fife to be vigilant after a woman was scammed into having £80,000 taken from her bank account. The woman claimed she was told her Amazon account had been compromised and she was asked to move money into a different account.
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A "vile" hospital meal leads the Evening Times, which tells the tale of a son who is forced to take food to his 98-year-old mother in hospital twice a day after she was served what he described as a "disgusting" meal.
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And the Scottish Sun leads with a story from the ex-partner of £148m Scots lottery winner Gillian Bayford who has claimed she treated him "like a chihuahua in Paris Hilton's handbag".

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