image captionThe Scottish Daily Mail leads with the first minister’s call for people in Scotland to get both doses of the Covid vaccine in order to “get ahead” of the virus. The paper says Nicola Sturgeon remains hopeful about the move to level zero on 19 July, meaning the country is “on course for freedom”.
image captionThe Scotsman carries the same story with a more hesitant take, as it highlights the case rate in Scotland is the highest in Europe. As a result, some experts have called for the move to level zero to be delayed, the paper says.
image captionIn a similar vein, The Courier singles out Dundee as having the highest case rate in the UK with “no sign of slowing down”. The paper quotes city council leader John Alexander who said Dundee had “stubbornly high” levels of poverty which could impact health outcomes for its citizens.
image captionAccording to the Times, those who have been double jabbed in England will not need to isolate or take daily tests after they have been in contact with a positive case, under plans being drawn up by ministers. The move will put pressure on the Scottish government, the paper says, as it is “more cautious” about scrapping quarantine in favour of rules based on personal responsibility.
image caption“Travel boost for holidays in Europe” is the headline dominating the front of the i weekend. The paper reports that the “hard-line stance” adopted by European Union countries around quarantine is softening, with Germany due to relax rules for British people who have been double-vaccinated.
image captionThe Herald reports that a new £8m programme to support the mental health of NHS staff could see them paying prescription charges and travelling to England to see specialists. According to the paper, the Scottish government said the travel measure was an “interim arrangement.”
image captionElsewhere, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove’s separation from his wife Sarah Vine is the Daily Telegraph’s lead story, with the paper saying the split raises coronavirus social distancing questions. Mr Gove is the second senior cabinet minister in a week to announce the end of his marriage, with Matt Hancock stepping down as health secretary last weekend after having an affair with an aide. As a senior government figure closely involved in making decisions about coronavirus measures, the paper says the split will prompt questions about Mr Gove’s own domestic arrangements.
image captionThe National reports that no member of the royal family has attended a Scotland or Wales football match this century, according to the official court circular. The paper also carries news of Mr Gove’s divorce after 20 years of marriage.
image captionAn attack on Glasgow’s Argyle Street dominates the front page of The Scottish Sun. The paper says a group of five carried out an assault with machetes on a 16-year-old in front of “horrified” shoppers.
image captionThe same story makes the Glasgow Times front page, which says the teenager who was injured is being treated in hospital.
image captionThe person who deliberately set fire to a Conservative councillor’s home may be wearing a mask and bandages to cover their injuries, reports the Daily Record. It is the third time Graeme Campbell’s property in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, has been targeted since 2019.
image captionA man who assaulted a number of women by choking them “almost to death” has been convicted, reports the Evening Express.
image captionTalks between the Scottish and UK government over a potential freeport reached “near agreement”, according to The Press and Journal. Goods that arrive into freeports from abroad are exempt from tax charges, called tariffs, that are normally paid to the government. The paper says while talks are progressing, the deal for a Scottish freeport could still be “scuppered” after tensions arose over the name and conditions attached to the project.
image captionA 64-year-old chip shop manager in Angus has been placed on the sex offenders register over comments he made to a 16-year-old, reports the Weekend Telegraph.
image captionAnd the Edinburgh Evening News reports that campers living in the car park off Portobello Beach are “locked in a stand off” with the council, after refusing an instruction to remove their caravans.

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