Ayrshire's NHS has reduced visiting hours and churches have cancelled services, while it is revealed the official coronavirus numbers were wrong.

Yesterday, the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Ayrshire and Arran was revised from seven to six.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government apologised and said: "There was a mistake earlier and this has now been rectified.

"[It] was down to human error."

Nicola Sturgeon has said it is 'highly possible' schools could close within days.

Reports of absences across schools in Ayrshire have rocketed with a number of schools reported to have rates of as high as a third of pupils not attending.

NHS Ayrshire and Arran have asked members of the public to only visit patients if absolutely essential.

The health board has taken the decision to restrict visiting times and number of visitors at all hospitals due to the pandemic.

Visiting times are now 3pm til 4pm and 7pm til 8pm.

In an unprecedented move, Scotland’s Catholic bishops have announced that with effect from today, Thursday, March 19, no public Masses will be celebrated in Scotland.

In a statement the bishops announced, that priests would continue to celebrate Mass in private, praying for those suffering from COVID-19 and those who care for them.

Bishop William Nolan, head of the Catholic Church across Ayrshire, said: "We are all concerned to minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading through the population."

All forthcoming jury trials across Ayrshire have been postponed until further notice.

McDonald's restaurants announced they will only be offering drive-thru service.

Supermarkets have reduced opening hours to cope with panic-buying.

Many have also put restrictions in place to prevent people from bulk buying.

At Sainsbury's customers can only buy two of certain products, and meat, fish and pizza counters will be closed.

Tesco store hours will now be between 6am and 10pm.

There is now a five-item per person rule for online shopping and in store for products such as children's medicines, pasta, long life milk, wipes, water and tins of vegetables.

Asda stores are also reducing opening hours and have put restrictions of the numbers of certain items a shopper can buy.

Morrisons has announced plans to create 3,500 new jobs to cope with increased demand on home deliveries.

Aldi and Lidl have put in place purchasing restrictions as well.

To slow the spread of coronavirus the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.

Entire households should self-isolate for 14 days if one member has symptoms which are either a new persistent cough or a fever.