Schools and nurseries across Clydebank will be closed to pupils by the end of week, it has been announced.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says "it is inevitable" that schools in Scotland will close to pupils on Friday and "cannot promise they will reopen before the summer holidays".

The news comes as it was revealed during a press conference that a third person has died from coronavirus in Scotland - and cases continue to rise.

West Dunbartonshire Council said: "We have been planning for this over a number of weeks and have been working closely with our headteachers to ensure learning can continue in these circumstances.

"We have developed a range of online resources including Google Classroom; will be providing devices where needed and have also prepared learning packs.

"Our planning has also taken into consideration the fact that so many in our community rely on our education facilities for more than learning, including our most vulnerable families.

"The detail of the closure will be announced tomorrow by the education secretary and we will be in a position to provide information to all of our parents and carers following this, including guidance for our pupils due to sit SQA exams this year."

The town's MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes, said: "Parents across West Dunbartonshire have been understandably concerned about the situation with schools following the coronavirus outbreak.

"It's welcome news that the government has now been able to provide clarity that schools and nurseries will be closed from Friday.

"This unprecedented decision has not been taken lightly; its timing has been based on expert scientific advice to protect public health.

"These are challenging times and it's vital now that steps are taken to ensure that teachers, parents, young people and vulnerable pupils are given the best possible support."