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Live Reporting

Michael McBride, Fiona Murray, Leanna Byrne, Amy Stewart, Joe Kearney, Chris Andrews and David Wilson

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That's all from us on the BBC News NI live page for today.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 07:00 BST to keep you across all the latest developments.

    Until then, stay home, stay safe and keep washing your hands.

  2. BBC's George Alagiah on living with coronavirus and cancer

    BBC newsreader George Alagiah, who is being treated for bowel cancer, has revealed he's had a mild case of coronavirus.

    As a cancer patient, he underwent tests after developing a fever – and a few days later his oncologist rang to say he had tested positive for the virus.

    The News at Six on BBC One presenter was first diagnosed with cancer in 2014 but revealed in 2017 that the disease had returned.

    "In some ways, I think that those of us living with cancer are stronger because we kind of know what it is like to go into something where the outcomes are uncertain," he told colleague Sophie Raworth.

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    Video caption: BBC's George Alagiah on living with coronavirus and cancer
  3. Technical difficulties with prayer time

    The Archbishop of Armagh has apologised to those expecting to remotely share in a prayer of the rosary tonight after experiencing technical difficulties.

    Many church services have moved online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

    In a tweet, the archbishop said he was "praying away" oblivious to the fact that no-one could see or hear his live feed.

    View more on twitter
  4. PSNI on workplace complaints

    The PSNI has offered guidance on how it would respond to complaints about workplaces not observing coronavirus safety measures.

    A spokesperson said workplace issues needed to be addressed by the appropriate agency and department.

    "If police receive a request from the executive department to consider such action then it will be considered on a case by case basis and on its merits at that time," she added.

    Chief Constable Simon Byrne has said police will only use new laws to enforce coronavirus-related restrictions on public life when "absolutely necessary".

    Chief Constable Simon Byrne
    Image caption: Chief Constable Simon Byrne
  5. More on death toll in Republic of Ireland

    Shane Harrison

    BBC NI Dublin correspondent

    The Republic of Ireland has today recorded its highest number of Covid-19-related deaths, with 17 fatalities.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has said the number of deaths announced today “was in line with what we expected".

    The Republic now has 3,235 confirmed cases, with the overall number of deaths standing at 71.

    Over the past week, the positivity rate for tests carried out increased from 6% to 15%.

    Virus

    Mr Holohan said this rise coincided with changes to who was being tested.

    Last week, the medical authorities said future tests would be focused on patients who displayed a fever and at least one other sign of a respiratory problem.

    The rise can also be attributed to a shift in testing a different category of patient.

    These are healthcare workers, those in close contact with confirmed cases and vulnerable groups like the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

  6. Varadkar thanks Chinese for supplies

    Shane Harrison

    BBC NI Dublin correspondent

    Leo Varadkar

    Earlier today, Leo Varadkar thanked the Chinese people for their assistance in providing medical equipment to deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

    In a telephone call with the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, Mr Varadkar offered to provide Irish expertise in such areas as research to the authorities in Beijing.

    On Sunday, medical supplies arrived in Dublin from China, with more being expected.

    Premier Li said his government would continue "to facilitate smooth implementation of these arrangements, including transport of the medical supplies to Ireland".

  7. Ulster Rugby 'tackle' mental health

    Ulster Rugby have relayed five top tips from the NHS to help manage your mental wellbeing while staying at home.

    - Plan practically

    - Connect with others (online)

    - Look after your body

    - Carry on doing things you enjoy (at home)

    - Take time to relax

    View more on twitter
  8. 'Too optimistic about personal protective equipment'

    Dr Jennie Harries

    Earlier, Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer for England, apologised for being too optimistic about the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) for medics at previous press conferences.

    She says distribution has been tricky and acknowledges the situation can be "quite frightening" for NHS staff.

    She says the guidance is being reviewed "to see if we can make some tweaks to ensure people feel safer".

  9. 13-year-old boy dies in London

    A 13-year-old boy who tested positive for coronavirus has died, King's College Hospital Trust in London has said.

    A spokesman for the trust said the boy's death "has been referred to the coroner".

  10. Tests are increasing - Gove

    Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has said the number of tests were being increased, particularly for NHS staff.

    "But while the rate of testing is increasing, we must go further, faster," he said.

    He said a "critical constraint" on the ability to increase testing capacity was the availability of the chemicals needed.

    "We are working with companies worldwide to ensure that we get the material we need to increase tests of all kinds," he said.

    Testing

    He added the government had been working with academics and the private sector to increase the number of test centres.

    Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries also said it was important to ensure the postal testing system was operational.

  11. More deaths reported in Republic of Ireland

    17 more patients have now died from Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

    This brings the total number of deaths there to 71 since the outbreak began.

    Coronavirus confirmed cases and deaths in ROI
  12. ROI coronavirus patients to take part in clinical trials

    Testing

    Critically ill patients with Covid-19 in Ireland will be asked to take part in a clinical trial on how to treat the disease, according to RTE.

    The trial will test the effects of different interventions for Covid-19 patients, who are being treated in intensive care units.

    These interventions include antiviral drugs.

    St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin and University Hospital, Galway will begin trialing these interventions next week, which is part of a global research effort to tackle the pandemic.

  13. Free school meal payments to begin this week

    Payments for free school meals will commence this week and continue on a fortnightly basis, the Education Authority says.

    In a tweet, it says it will take 10 days for payments to reach all recipients.

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  14. What is a memorandum of understanding?

    Generally speaking, a memorandum of understanding is a formal agreement between two or more parties.

    During the executive press briefing earlier, Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said: “Some of the areas that are being looked at are around, for example, the evidence base – the model of how you look at that and cooperate with the two chief medical officers."

    michelle oneill

    “It’s about looking at that together, it’s about sharing information, communication, public messaging,” she added.

    She highlighted “confusion” around schools being closed north and south of the border in the past.

    “I you don’t move in lock step across the island that causes confusion and these things are really important and practical," she added.

    The Department of Health said: “Work is ongoing to finalise a memorandum of understanding which sets out how both governments will work together to respond to COVID-19.”

  15. PPE: 'Supply line to China opened up'

    The finance minister has raised his concerns about PPE.

    Speaking on BBC Newsline, Conor Murphy says: “We don’t know how long the surge of it will last and clearly there is concern.

    “We hear it every day from people in the health service that they have not got adequate supply, so we have opened a supply line to China," he says.

    Conor Murphy

    "We knew that there would be an increase in global demand for PPE from other countries, particularly from America and we want to try and ensure we have our place in the queue to get that and that’s why we have been working with the Irish government."

    He added that the NI Department of Health had also got a supply line opened up through the UK government.

  16. Analysis: Uncertainty and frustration

    Marie-Louise Connolly

    BBC News NI Health Correspondent

    There's been a sharp rise in the number of people dying.

    Men and women, all of whom had family and friends, have sadly died, but also tragically in these circumstances.

    In the past 24 hours, there have been 393 deaths across the UK including the six from NI and that's the sharpest increase yet, here, in that time frame.

    Also, in NI there are 586 officially confirmed cases, but we also learned today there are 25 indeterminate results - they can be positive or negative so they must be re-tested.

    PPE

    There is a lot of uncertainty and frustration around the issue of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

    This issue won't go away and as this is a public health issue of the highest importance, the public say they deserve information and answers.

    After all it was only a week ago that the health minister and chief medical officer said this was an issue they were looking at and hopefully there would be equipment here in a week’s time.

    What I’m hearing is if the authorities don’t have the answers to these questions, perhaps they should admit as much.

  17. Helpline for vulnerable people

    A special helpline has been set up to help the most vulnerable in society.

    The COVID-19 community helpline will help those who need it access services like food, medication and other support.

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  18. Retired GP ready to do whatever is needed

    Retired GP Dr Anne McCloskey who has volunteered to help out the health service says she is prepared to do whatever is asked of her.

    nurse

    "It's great to have a set of skills that might be useful," she said.

    "I'll scrub floors or I'll man a ventilator and anything in between.

    "It's great to have the opportunity to mirror what ordinary people are doing - people that are keeping the wheels going."

  19. Police officers to get spit and bite guards

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

    The Chief Constable, Simon Byrne, says that, in agreement with the Policing Board, the PSNI will begin using spit and bite guards to protect officers in public.

    The PSNI has been the only UK police service not to use them before now.

    Made of mesh and plastic, they can be placed over the head of an individual to prevent them coughing on, or spitting and biting officers. In recent days, there have been at least 20 "cough attacks" on officers by people claiming to have Covid-19.

    PSNI OFFICERS

    Last week, it was announced they could be used in custody suites in police stations.

    But now their use is to be expanded for officers responding to situations in public were Coronavirus might be involved.

    Read more here.