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Scotland’s papers: Scots warned of coronavirus ‘worst case scenario’


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Scotland’s papers: Scots warned of coronavirus ‘worst case scenario’

Image copyright Scottish Daily Express Image caption A statement from Scotland’s chief medial officer on the potential spread of coronavirus dominates most of Scotland’s front pages. The Scottish Daily Express leads with Dr Catherine Calderwood’s forecast that 80% of people could contract the illness. Image copyright The Herald Image caption The Herald also leads with…

Scotland’s papers: Scots warned of coronavirus ‘worst case scenario’

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Scottish Daily Express

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A statement from Scotland’s chief medial officer on the potential spread of coronavirus dominates most of Scotland’s front pages. The Scottish Daily Express leads with Dr Catherine Calderwood’s forecast that 80% of people could contract the illness.

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The Herald

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The Herald also leads with the worst case scenario for Scotland, which is that 200,000 people could end up in hospital. Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday the Scottish government was expecting a “significant outbreak of coronavirus”.

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Scottish Daily Mail

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The Scottish Daily Mail describes the “chilling toll” of the outbreak in Scotland, which is expected to peak in the next two or three months. There have been a total of 815 negative tests in Scotland since the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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An image of two women wearing face masks in Dundee dominates The Courier’s front page, which reports a “sanitiser shortage” in local shops. It comes after a patient from the Tayside area was diagnosed with the virus on Sunday having recently travelled to Italy – they are “clinically well” but are being treated in hospital as a precaution, officials said.

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The Times

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The UK could see the introduction of “no-go zones” to tackle the spread of coronavirus under government plans to be revealed on Tuesday, the Times reports. The paper also says that the Treasury is “preparing to step in to bolster markets and offer relief to businesses” that become affected.

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The i’s front page features a bullet-point list of how the UK is preparing for the spread of coronavirus. It notes that the government’s “battle plan” – to be laid on on Tuesday – will lay out “restrictions on daily life”.

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The Scottish Sun

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“Corona crisis looms” says The Scottish Sun, which also claims the Queen and Prince Harry have had a a “four-hour heart-to-heart talk” at Windsor Castle. The monarch told the Duke of Sussex that he and Meghan “will be welcomed back if they ever decide to rejoin the royals”, it reports.

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The Scotsman

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On top of virus news, The Scotsman reports that a major recruitment drive is needed to ensure an expansion of funded nursery places is to hit its summer deadline. The national entitlement to free childcare will increase from 600 to 1,140 hours in August.

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The Daily Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph also reports the call by the NHS for volunteers to fight coronavirus. A government campaign will urge people to help in the event of a major outbreak, it explains.

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The National

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The National leads with immigration lawyers who claim citizens could keep their right to free movement in Scotland despite Brexit, providing Westminster agreed.

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The Press and Journal

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A teenager who collapsed and died from a rare form of pneumonia has been described as a “loving, generous and happy boy”, reports The Press and Journal. The paper says the parents of Alex Mackie said their lives had “changed overnight” after he collapsed while getting up for a drink in the night.

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Daily Record

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The Daily Record splashes an interview with an abuse survivor who was raped by a group of paedophiles. The paper says Jordyn Ferguson has chosen to waive her anonymity and expose “the full impact of their depravity”.

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Glasgow Times

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Neil Lennon says he is in the dark over any potential new contract for star striker Odsonne Edouard, reports the Glasgow Times. The paper adds the Celtic bosse has told the forward he should stay and continue his development at Celtic Park.

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Daily Star of Scotland

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The Daily Star of Scotland reports on a survey that suggests millennials think World War Two ended in the 1960s and the UK was fighting France.

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Edinburgh Evening News

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And the Edinburgh Evening News reports that free lunches for councillors are to be reinstated after they were scrapped in November. The paper reports the move is expected to cost around £18,000.

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