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Live Reporting

Colm Kelpie, David Wilson and Ross McKee

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    That's it from Northern Ireland on the day that the number of people who died after being diagnosed with coronavirus rose to five.

    Stay home. Stay safe.

    Join us tomorrow as we bring you all the latest news on the pandemic and on Northern Ireland's response.

    Good night.

  2. Map shows geographical spread of Covid-19 cases in NI

    Map showing NI spread of Covid-19

    Here's a map showing the spread of the coronavirus in Northern Ireland.

    The figures are broken down by council areas and show that the highest number of confirmed cases are in the Belfast City Council area.

    Read more here

  3. Playing a blinder? First O'Neills scrubs due tomorrow

    Sports company, O'Neill's, best known for producing sports wear for GAA clubs has turned to making scrubs for doctors and nurses treating patients with coronavirus

    RTÉ's Vincent Kearney reports that the first deliveries should be with NI health trusts by lunchtime tomorrow.

  4. Warm words of thanks from Pastor Mark McClurg

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    Mark McClurg is pastor at Newtownards Elim Church.

    The staff in ICU at the Ulster Hospital worked so hard, he said, and watched over him 24/7.

  5. Health Minister announces £10m for community pharmacies

    NI's health minister says £10.5 million is being made available to support community pharmacies.

    Robin Swann says the additional funding will help alleviate mounting pressures caused by Covid-19.

    The entire health and social care system in Northern Ireland "is under severe pressure," he says.

    woman in pharmacy

    "That pressure is also being felt in community pharmacies by the staff who are working in challenging conditions and dealing with increasing demands for prescriptions."

    The minster is also urging the public not to stockpile medications.

    He called reports of pharmacy staff being abused by the public "alarming".

  6. Daily death toll in Italy climbs back up to 743

    The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Italy has risen again as it was confirmed that 743 people infected with the virus died in the past 24 hours.

    Italy's daily toll had been falling over the past two days, from about 650 deaths on Sunday to just over 600 on Monday.

    A woman with a mask next to an Italian flag in Italy

    Italy has now recorded a total of 69,176 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

    However, while the number of deaths rose on Tuesday, the number of new infections appears to be slowing down.

  7. Health staff to have parking charges reimbursed

    Health workers in NI will have charges for parking at work reimbursed, Health Minister Robin Swann says.

    “I fully support our health and social care staff and want to acknowledge the hard work and long antisocial hours that staff are working at this time," Mr Swann says.

    hospital parking sign

    "Reimbursing car parking charges is one small measure that I can introduce immediately following confirmation of funding."

    Staff will receive a letter with details in the coming days.

  8. NI businesses that will stay open

    The NI Executive has also detailed which businesses can continue to trade.

    Stormont approved business list
  9. Coronavirus: Seventh person dies in Republic of Ireland

    A seventh person with coroanvirus has died in the Republic of Ireland.

    The National Public Health Emergency Team say the male patient, from the east of the country, had an underlying health condition.

    coronavirus blood sample tets in lab

    The latest figures from the Republic of Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Centre, state there has been 204 new confirmed cases of Covid-19.

    There are now 1,329 confirmed cases in the Republic of Ireland.

  10. NI businesses that should close immediately

    Here is the list published by the NI Executive of shops and businesses that should shut immediately

    List
  11. Covid-19: Fifth coronavirus-related death in NI

    The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Northern Ireland now stands at five.

    The Department of Health confirmed a patient, who was in their eighties and had underlying health conditions, died at Antrim Hospital.

    Another earlier death is also now being treated as coronavirus-related.

    “My deepest sympathies are extended to the families affected," Health Minister Robin Swann said.

    deaths graphic

    “These deaths must never become mere statistics. Behind each of them is a family plunged into grief.”

    Earlier today the daughter of one of the patients who died with coronavirus described her heartbreak at not being able to kiss her mother goodbye.

    Read more.

  12. Court hearings restricted to 'urgent matters'

    Court hearings in Northern Ireland will be restricted to urgent matters only from Thursday.

    Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan has also announced court business is to be consolidated in The Royal Courts of Justice, Laganside Courts, Craigavon, Dungannon and Londonderry Courthouses.

    The full guidance is here.

    courtroom
  13. PHA document gives geographic breakdown of Covid-19 cases

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has published its daily bulletin on Covid-19 cases in Northern Ireland, including a geographical breakdown of confirmed cases.

    The document can be found here

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  14. Deirdre Hargey: New assistance grant available

    Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey says a new grant for people affected by the pandemic will be in place from Wednesday.

    She told the assembly the existing Discretionary Support scheme is being enhanced to include the new grant.

    deirdre hargey

    It will assist with short-term living expenses if a person, or a member of their immediate family, has been infected or told to self-isolate.

    “This new legislation will ensure that there is additional financial support available for the most vulnerable people," the minister said.

    Discretionary Support was introduced here to replace Social Fund Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans.

  15. Forest parks closed

    Conor Macauley

    BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

    Forest parks have been closed to the public, just days after parking charges were waived to give people greater access to them during the coronavirus outbreak.

    DAERA minister Edwin Poots said the move had become necessary after people ignored advice on social distancing.

    Edwin Poots

    He said there'd been a surge in visitor numbers over the weekend with some locations "packed to capacity".

    And in light of the most recent government advice, Mr Poots said the car parks would now be closed and he was urging people not to visit on foot.

    “These unprecedented moves are to save lives. I realise this is a disappointing decision, especially to families with children out of school and others using the facilities for physical and mental health reasons," he said.