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  1. That's it for tonight

    Here are some of the day's key developments:

    • Nicola Sturgeon said the weekly figures from National Records of Scotland offered "signs of hope"
    • There were 415 deaths linked to virus in the past week, but that was 110 fewer than the week before.
    • Figures revealed that people living in the most deprived areas are more than twice as likely to die with coronavirus than those in the least deprived places
    • Some lockdown restrictions were eased in England, with people able to meet non-household members outside while social distancing - but in Scotland the message remains stay home.
    • The Lord Advocate said Covid-19 deaths at work or in care homes would be reported to the Crown Office, to see if a fatal accident inquiry was needed

    We'll be back with live updates from early tomorrow - when we hope to learn more about the R-number in Scotland, a key measure that will determine how soon we can come out of lockdown.


  2. Coming up on The Nine: Care home staff 'do not meet testing criteria' even with symptoms

    David Wallace Lockhart

    BBC Scotland political reporter

    care home

    BBC Scotland's The Nine has seen NHS guidance sent to care homes that advises staff “do not meet criteria for testing” even if they show symptoms of coronavirus.

    The document, sent to care homes in Fife, says that if the staff member works in a team big enough to “absorb the workload” they should isolate for 14 days instead.

    But Scottish government guidance states “all symptomatic key workers” can be tested.

    A Scottish government spokesperson told us “all residents and staff will be offered testing, whether they are symptomatic or not, in homes where there has been a confirmed case”.

  3. When will garden centres open in Scotland?

    garden centre

    For the final question, Colin asked Ms Hyslop when garden centres will open given they have now done so in England and Wales.

    The economy secretary said that she expected outdoor activity to be "much easier" given the examples set in other countries.

    She highlighted the R number - the virus infection rate - is different in Scotland and that the first case arrived in Scotland much later than in London.

    She said: "The public health interest means that Scotland has to make its own decisions in terms of what we do.

    "I do think because garden centres work outside means we can open them first, but that's in phasing discussions."

  4. What policies should be in place if business is split between Scotland and England?


    Paul's firm has a head office in Scotland but employees in England - he asked should he develop different policies for each office.

    Fiona Hyslop said that the UK government framework was helpful "in principal" for different types of workplaces but all businesses should refer to devolved administrations for issues like the timing of reopening.

    She said: "I want Scotland to be known as safe. I think it's possible to do what many companies do working over the world adapting policies to different places."

  5. 'Furlough scheme will help with training - but we need businesses to collaborate'


    David asked the economy secretary how we handle practicalities such as training new staff for when businesses reopen.

    Fiona Hyslop told BBC Scotland that businesses would need to adapt to training staff online and support different types of training, while work was being done to bring together colleges and workplaces.

    She said there is a "need to share best practice and experience", and that she expected "far more collaboration between businesses than competition" because it is in "everyone's interest to stimulate demand".

    Ms Hyslop added the furlough scheme would be useful in enabling firms to conduct training, allow part time working and carry out phased returns.

    She said the Scottish government was working with the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive to make sure there was "institutional capability" to give advice to employers and workers on the matter.

  6. Fiona Hyslop: Digital world will be essential to phased return to work

    Fiona Hyslop

    Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has been taking questions from viewers around Scotland, during Coronavirus: Scotland's Response, on BBC One Scotland.

    The first question was from Mark who wants to know how Scotland plans to help businesses going forward.

    Ms Hyslop highlighted the Scottish government's four-point economic plan, as well as "big uptake" on grants for which letters are being issued this week.

    She said the country would have to "rethink and re-emerge into a world where digital will be more prevalent", as well as making sure jobs and training opportunities exist.

    Guidance on how different industries can operate a phased return in a "planned, orderly" fashion will be issued, she said, adding the government is attempting to understand to issues such as transport and childcare for working parents.

    Suzi asked what plans would be in place to prevent the tourism industry from collapsing.

    Ms Hyslop said the extension of the furlough scheme announced yesterday was "welcome" and said she had argued that the events sector would need a "longer tail" in terms of the support it requires.

  7. Coronavirus: Dominion Cinema plans for July reopening

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    The owner of one of the oldest cinemas in Scotland says he hopes to be able to reopen its doors in mid-July.

    The coronavirus lockdown forced the family-run Dominion Cinema in Edinburgh to close for only the second time in its 82-year history.

    Alastair Cameron at the Dominion Cinema

    Director Alastair Cameron said they had "battened down the hatches" to make sure the business survived.

    But he said everything had now been put in place to enable the cinema to open safely when the time came.

    "We have thought out all the social distancing logistics and drawn up all the plans," he said.

    "People will be seeing parts of the building they have never seen before as they enter through one of our many emergency exits."

    Please read more here

  8. Third of artists lost all income in April, survey says

    Paint and brushes

    Around a third of individuals involved in Scotland’s contemporary arts industry lost all of their income during April, according to a small survey.

    The Scottish Contemporary Art Network (Scan) found that seven in 10 organisations said they are likely to cancel programmes or projects.

    A total of 29% of individual respondents to the survey said they had lost 100% of their income last month.

    Some 76% of respondents – both individuals and organisations – had lost income in April, by an average of 53%.

    Scan's 180 members – of which 108 took part in the survey – include national institutions, publicly-funded organisations, commercial galleries, education facilities, voluntary collectives, production facilities, artists and individual workers.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: How to wear a face covering?

    Across the world, people are being asked to wear face coverings to help stop coronavirus from spreading.

  10. Coming up: Fiona Hyslop answers your questions

    Coronavirus: Scotland's response

    BBC Scotland

    Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler present Coronavirus: Scotland’s Response

    Rebecca Curran and Martin Geissler present Coronavirus: Scotland’s Response on BBC1 Scotland from 8.30pm. Here's what to expect in tonight's programme:

    • Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop will be answering questions from viewers about business and economy during and after the pandemic.
    • Correspondent James Cook has been looking into the journey of PPE from factory to hospitals.
    • Consumer affairs speciailst Nick Sheridan will be taking us through renting and what is available to renters who may be struggling to make payments at the moment.
    • And what's like being separated through lockdown? Amy Irons has been speaking to one couple to find out their experience.

    You can watch the programme here or on BBC iPlayer.

  11. Housing sector & fishing seek easing of lockdown restrictions

    Salmon fishing in the Spey

    The Scottish government is being urged to follow England in easing lockdown for the housing and leisure sectors.

    Homes for Scotland (HFS) and the SGA Fishing Group have both written to Holyrood ministers asking for restrictions around their industries to be lifted, following changes south of the border.

    "Our industry contributes significantly to Scotland’s social and economic wellbeing and we are ready and willing to reopen safely with additional measures in place to help protect our employees and customers, while also supporting the struggling economy," said HFS chief executive Nicola Barclay.

    Meanwhile, the SGA Fishing Group wants Scotland's rivers to be accessible again, saying that salmon fishing brings £135m to the nation's economy.

    "Angling is relatively solitary," said member Robert White. "It has known physical and mental health benefits. It would also allow some fisheries to get at least some income in, too."

  12. Are Scottish care home deaths higher than elsewhere in the UK?

    Nicola Sturgeon was asked about the report by the Scottish Tory leader during FMQs.

    The first minister replied that it was possible the number of deaths in England and Wales was being under reported.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Are Scottish care home death rates higher?
  13. No league or cup cricket in Scotland this summer

    Scotland U19s in action

    All cricket activity will remain suspended until at least 1 July, according to Cricket Scotland.

    There will be no matches, competitive or friendly, until at least 1 August.

    There will be no league or national cup cricket at all this season.

    Scotland were due to play internationals against against New Zealand, Australia, Nepal and Namibia in June and July, with announcements expected in the next two weeks over any potential for rescheduling.

  14. M&S to reopen some cafes for takeaways

    Marks and Spencer

    Marks & Spencer is to reopen 49 of its cafes across the UK from Thursday, the High Street retailer has said.

    It took the decision to reopen for takeaway customers after operating social distancing and putting extra hygiene measures in its stores.

    The locations include Braehead (Glasgow), Bridge of Don (Aberdeen), Central Falkirk, Dunblane, Heathfield Ayr, and Inveralmond (Perth).

    Read more here.

  15. Jenrick says furlough scheme for whole of UK

    The Dundee Courier get the last question at today's UK government briefing.

    Housing minister Robert Jenrick is asked what will happen to the government's job retention or furlough scheme for workers in Scotland if it remains in effective lockdown longer than the rest of the UK.

    Could the Treasury step in to pay for the scheme if the Scottish government's borrowing powers are too stretched?

    Jenrick says it is a UK-wide scheme and the government will have regard to how it is working in all parts of the UK, adding that it has recently been extended to October.

  16. Applause for Dundee patient who leaves hospital after 45 days

    A woman who spent 45 days in hospital after being admitted with coronavirus has been applauded by nurses to mark her recovery.

    Maureen Deuchars, from Dundee, left Ninewells Hospital in the city earlier today.

    The 65-year-old spent 19 days on a ventilator in the intensive care unit and then spent time with occupational therapists and physiotherapists to rebuild her strength.

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