Jeane Freeman told MSPs the NHS in Scotland is being placed on an 'emergency footing'.
The government says children won't be 'severely affected' by coronavirus and that they will be better off in their schools.
STV political editor Colin Mackay reports from a media briefing with the First Minister this morning.
In the last decade, children receiving free school meals has shot up to 53.5%.
The Finance Secretary is supporting a bill for free sanitary products in public buildings.
The Milngavie shop is selling the product at cost price amid stockpiling panic.
The move comes after cases of coronavirus in Scotland jumped from 36 to 60 in a day.
The UK's response to tackling the Covid-19 outbreak has moved to the second 'delay phase'.
Holyrood found claims are not made for reasons such as a lack of awareness, stigma and living in rural areas.
Holyrood backs the first Budget drawn up by new finance secretary Kate Forbes by 63 votes to 55.
The First Minister told MSPs that officials are still working to delay the spread of Covid-19.
MSPs have voted to back the Scottish Government's tax plans by 58 votes to 50.
The two new patients are based in Ayrshire and the Grampian area respectively, while the first was in Tayside.
A dementia ward in Argyll and Bute faces closure despite relatives, medics and unions all calling for it to stay open.
A total of 589 youngsters have been on the waiting list for 52 weeks or over for specialist mental health care.
Reversal comes after Glasgow secured extra funding from the Scottish government.
MSPs backed it by 65 votes to 54 following the £158m SNP-Green Budget deal struck on Wednesday.
Crime minister Kit Malthouse branded plans for a safe injecting facility in Glasgow 'a distraction'.
Nicola Sturgeon chairs Scottish Government resilience meeting following outbreaks in Europe.
New guidance affects people who have returned home since February 19 without symptoms.