SCOTLAND’S schools are to close from Monday and may not reopen until the autumn because of coronavirus, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister said her planning assumption was now that schools would close at the end of this week, and she could not promise they would reopen before the summer holidays.

She said the very difficult decision would change society and the economy.

However it had been driven by updated scientific advice and the reality on the ground.

Ms Sturgeon made the announcement as she announced a third death from coronavirus and a rise in the number of known cases from 195 to 227.