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Live Reporting

Niall McCracken, Amy Stewart and Eimear Flanagan

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight all

    Thank-you for joining us on our live page today.

    We will be back to do it all over again tomorrow so please join us then, if you can.

    In the meantime, goodnight.

  2. Minister thanks sports stars for videos

    The health minister Robin Swann has thanked sport stars for delivering a powerful “stay at home” message.

    Some are using social media to urge everyone to adopt the official guidance.

    Stars like NI's Stuart Dallas, former Ulster and Ireland rugby player Stephen Ferris, Antrim GAA’s Paddy Cunningham, and Northern Ireland’s Niall McGinn have made videos urging folk to stay indoors.

    A lot of the appeals has been to the younger generation.

    Niall McGinn said some young people were still gathering in the parks and asked them to “think twice” and think about their own families.

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    Others are trying to help people who are spending the time in indoors.

    There have been hockey lessons, golf tips and keepy-up competitions.

    Boxer Carl Frampton did a squat challenge while holding his son Rossa on his shoulders.

    Motorcycle racer Jonathan Rea said mental health was even more important than physical exercise.

    He said he was lucky to have a back garden to escape but that many people were not that fortunate.

  3. 'Keep yer distance'

    The message is popping up everywhere and people are doing their best to get it out there, however they can - this picture from Belfast's Lisburn Road was sent to us by Daniel McNeill and shows a bit of public service information on a local lamppost.

    Lisburn Road sign
  4. Altnagelvin staff share 'stay at home' message

    NHS staff have been at both the frontlines of tackling coronavirus and at spreading the mesage about social distancing and staying at home.

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  5. Calls for clarity around fines

    Home affairs correspondent Julian O'Neill says there is a lack of clarity around how penalties will be enforced during the lockdown.

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  6. The new normal

    Across Northern Ireland we have been seeing pictures of people queuing outside shops - leaving distance between each other.

    Here's an example on Belfast's Ormeau Road where people are waiting to go into an off-licence.

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  7. A little wave for granda

    We know these are dark times for people around the world.

    But even amid all the worrying news, there are some moments that cannot fail to make you smile.

    We love this post on social media of Katie and Seán Daly from County Kilkenny in the Republic of Ireland having dinner outside their gate while waiting for their granda to pass on the tractor. #socialdistancing

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  8. So how did day one of homeschooling go?

    With schools closed to the majority of pupils to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus, parents across the country have been asked to become instant homeschoolers.

    How have they coped with their first day of juggling timetables, curricula and coursework - all the while trying to get their own jobs done?

    child at desk

    “I’ve kind of done a timetable but I’m not sure how successful that’s going to be – ask me in a few days,” says Bobbie Gordon in Nottingham.

    She and her husband - who work in marketing and IT respectively - are trying to be as flexible as possible as they combine work with their new role as homeschoolers to Imogen, 9, Lottie, 6, and four-year-old Hattie.

    Read the rest of this article here.

  9. All quiet at the seaside

    After a lot of concern that areas of the north coast were crowded at the weekend, things seems to have quietened down.

    This Twitter account shows the popular seaside town of Portstewart looking altogether more deserted earlier this afternoon.

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  10. Three's a crowd from now on

    All public gatherings involving more than two people must stop immediately across all parts of the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he announced sweeping new measures to combat coronavirus. The only exception for more than two people being out in public together is if they live in the same household (for example parents and children) or if the gathering is essential for work.

    Three young people in park

    How will this be enforced? The government said it will ensure the police and "other relevant authorities" have the power to fine those who do not comply and to disperse unnecessary gatherings of three or more people. The measures will be reviewed in three weeks.

  11. How things stand in Northern Ireland

    As of 20:00 on 23 March these are the latest figures for cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, the number of tests and number of related deaths.

  12. What are the new restrictions and why are they needed?

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a series of new restrictions to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

    The prime minister said:

    • Shops selling "non-essential goods" including clothes and electronics stores will be closed immediately
    • Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship will also close
    • Gatherings of more than two people (excluding people who live together) will be banned
    • There will be no weddings or baptisms but funerals will be allowed
    • Parks will remain open but people are only to go out to exercise once a day

    Why are tougher restrictions being introduced?

    The government had already told people that to prevent the spread of coronavirus they should only go out when necessary - for example, to buy food and medicine, or for exercise.

    When out, people have been told to keep at least 2m (6ft) apart from other people. This is known as social distancing.

    Read this article in full here.

  13. 'Work from home where possible' - Education Minister

    The NI Minister of Education Peter Weir has reminded people of the new restrictions. Unless staff in schools must be in work for the below reasons they should not be in school from tomorrow onwards.

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  14. Shops 'will have what you need'

    The Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC) says it is working with suppliers to make sure shoppers can get the items they need.

    NIRC director Aodhán Connolly was speaking after PM Boris Johnson announced people must stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities.

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  15. How things stand in the Republic of Ireland

    By 18:00 local time on Monday, the Republic of Ireland's total death toll of patients with coronavirus stood at six. A total of 1,125 people have tested positive since the outbreak began.

    Republic of Ireland coronavirus statistics
  16. 'It won't be easy but it's for the best' - Foster

    After PM Boris Johnson announced tighter measures to tackle spread of coronavirus First Minister Arlene Foster has urged people in NI to follow his advice.

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  17. PM: "No health service in the world could cope."

    As PM Boris Johnson appealed to UK residents to adhere to stringent new restrictions, he warned the NHS would be overwhelmed if people do not heed the new rules.


    "Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won’t be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses," Mr Johnson said.

  18. PM tells UK residents to stay at home

    In his nationwide address, PM Boris Johnson said that from tonight everyone in the UK must stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus and should only go outside in the following circumstances:

    • to shop for basic necessities like food
    • to take daily exercise (but only alone or with someone you live with)
    • in the case of a medical need
    • to provide care for a vulnerable person
    • to travel to and from "essential" work.