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Live Reporting

Laura McDaid, Colm Kelpie, Michael Shiels McNamee, Luke Sproule, Jordan Kenny and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

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

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00 BST to keep you across all the latest developments.

    We'll leave you with this picture of the Giants Causeway, shared with us on Facebook by David Andrew and taken before the guidelines on social distancing and staying at home were introduced.

    Giant's Causeway

    Take care, stay safe and good night.

  2. Belfast City Council puts some bin collections back on the schedule

    Mark Simpson

    BBC News NI

    Belfast City Council has re-instated some of the bin collections it suspended last week as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.

    The council was warned on Friday by Environment Minister Edwin Poots that it had a legal responsibility to ensure waste was collected.

    On Sunday, the council changed its plans and announced it would re-introduce the collection of brown bins, which are mainly for garden and food waste.

    A total of 155,000 bins are collected in Belfast each week.


    Under the council’s new plan:

    • black general-waste bins will continue to be collected
    • brown bins will also now be collected
    • blue recycling-bin collection remains suspended

    The move came 48 hours after Minister Edwin Poots put pressure on the council.

    He said: “Ten of the 11 councils are carrying out all of their services in terms of waste collection so I would say to Belfast City Council – they need to do the same. That is a legal responsibility for that council.”

  3. William and Kate urge nation to look after their mental health

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have given their support to a campaign to protect people's mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

    Public Health England (PHE) has launched new advice on wellbeing.

    The guidance encourages people to keep in contact with family and friends by phone or social media and stick to a regular routine and sleeping pattern.

    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

    Prince William and Catherine said: "The last few weeks have been anxious and unsettling for everyone."

    They added: "We have to take time to support each other and find ways to look after our mental health."

    "By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead."

    Read more here.

  4. Derby police shocked at "massive party"

    Buffet at party

    This isn't from Northern Ireland but, given the intense focus on social distancing and gatherings currently, it's worth sharing.

    Police in Derby say they've been left "in absolute shock" after finding 25 adults and children having a "massive party" and enjoying a full food buffet.

    You can read more here.

  5. 'I miss football - but it will mean more when it's back' - Lennon

    Like so many others, Celtic manager Neil Lennon took a minute to applaud NHS workers last Thursday evening.

    The Lurgan man told BBC Scotland sportswriter Tom English that he found it emotional.

    "The word I keep hearing on the news, from leaders of countries and leaders of sports associations, is unprecedented," he says.

    Neil Lennon

    He adds: "I'm really missing football, I'm missing the players, the staff, the games, the colour, the noise, but it's no bad thing to take a moment and appreciate what you've got.

    "I think football will mean a lot more to a lot of people when it returns. What I'm seeing now is us going back to our roots, going back to community life with people looking out for each other and maybe we'd gone away from that. What's happening is tragic but everybody is pulling together to try to get through it and that's brilliant."

    You can read the full article here.

  6. 'Believe they've the red carpet rolled out for you'

    Earlier we reported on the arrival of Aer Lingus' first ever flight between Ireland and China back to Dublin Airport. The plane was carrying a shipment of vital protective equipment for healthcare staff.

    The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) posted the video below to YouTube as their air-traffic controllers gave the pilots a personal welcome back message.

    View more on youtube
  7. Lessons for lockdown from an Italian family

    The Aninni family have been in lockdown in Rome for nearly three weeks.

    What advice do they have for other families in different countries doing the same?

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Lessons for lockdown from an Italian family
  8. NHS consultant dies after contracting virus in England

    Amged El-Hawrani

    A hospital consultant has become one of the first senior medics in the UK to die after contracting coronavirus.

    The family of Amged El-Hawrani thanked his NHS colleagues for working "tirelessly" to save him.

    Mr El-Hawrani's death comes after London-based surgeon Dr Adil El Tayar died last Wednesday.

    An ear, nose and throat consultant at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, Mr El-Hawrani died at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, on Saturday.

    Another doctor, GP Habib Zaidi, died in intensive care at Southend Hospital, Essex, on Wednesday while being treated for suspected coronavirus.

  9. Boris Johnson issues update from self-isolation

    The prime minister, who is in self-isolation in Downing Street after being diagnosed with coronavirus during the week, has given an update on the government's latest efforts to curb the pandemic.

    View more on twitter
  10. Are takeaways safe?

    When he announced new restrictions in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should "use food delivery services where you can".

    But what are the safest ways of doing this, and is there a risk the virus could be transmitted through your delivery?

    According to the BBC's Science Correspondent Victoria Gill, there is a risk of catching the virus from the delivery driver themselves.

    Food delivery app

    Food safety expert and blogger Dr Lisa Ackerley suggests leaving a note on your front door - or on your delivery app - asking the driver to ring the bell and step back. Several delivery apps now allow you to select an option to have a "no contact" delivery, too.

    This allows you to safely pick up the food, alone.

    Read more about takeaways, grocery deliveries, and food dropped off by volunteers and helpful neighbours here.

  11. Isolation centre with room for 1,000 people to open in Dublin

    A coronavirus isolation facility with the ability to accommodate over 1,000 people will be opened at a hotel and conference centre in Dublin.

    Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) say the facility, at the Citywest Hotel, will have 750 beds for people who need to self-isolate.

    Officials hope it will be open by the end of the week, with more centres planned for other Irish cities.

    A mock-up of the step down facility which will be opened at the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre
    Image caption: A mock-up of the step down facility which will be opened at the Citywest Hotel and Conference Centre

    Paul Reid, the HSE's CEO, said the centre will also have a "stepdown" facilty to be used "only if we need it - if there's an overflow of patients from our hospital system".

    He added that it was "impossible" to predict when the pandemic's peak will hit Ireland but authorities are planning for it to occur between April 10-14.

  12. Planning continues for Belfast Milers Meet

    The organisers of one of Ireland's premier athletics meetings say they are continuing to plan for it going ahead, but are aware it could be postponed.

    The Belfast Milers Meet is due to take place at the Mary Peters Track on 20 June.

    Event director Eamonn Christie, a nurse by trade, says he'd "love to be able to put a smile on the athlete's faces" by hosting the event but is fully aware of the dangers the pandemic poses.

    Belfast Milers Meet

    "Athletics is not the be all and end all. People's lives are under threat and people are losing their jobs so it's a very, very concerning time for us all.

    "If my meet is postponed, I will aim to reschedule it whether that's in July, August or September."

    Read more here.

  13. Rescue flight for Irish citizens in Peru

    Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has tweeted a picture of a flight set to leave Lima with more than 100 Irish citizens, and people from 13 other EU countries, on board.

    The country has been in full lockdown since 16 March, with no flights allowed in or out without the government's permission. As a result, hundreds of British and Irish people have been stranded.

    View more on twitter
  14. Belfast mayor thanks Chinese city for PPE donation

    The Lord Mayor Belfast has issued a thank you to his counterpart in the Chinese city of Shanyang for a "generous donation" of personal protective equipment (PPE).

    Daniel Baker says Mayor Jiang Youwei and Zhang Meifang, the Chinese consul in Belfast, had sent a letter to Belfast City Hall "extending solidarity from the people of Shanyang to the people of Belfast and Ireland as we fight back against Covid-19".


    “The Mayor of Shanyang has also very kindly made a donation of 10,000 disposable medical masks and 500 sets of protective clothing.“I will be making arrangements for this equipment to be distributed urgently to our frontline healthcare workers upon arriving in Belfast," the mayor adds.

  15. Catch up with today's major developments


    It's been another busy day of news, here's a catch-up on what's been happening today:

  16. Box clever and get fitter with the champ

    If you're looking for some housebound fitness inspiration, then check out the tweet below by world champion boxer Katie Taylor.

    View more on twitter
  17. 'Do everything to avoid accidents,' urges Swann

    With the health service under "unimaginable pressures", Health Minister Robin Swann has a further appeal for motorists in Northern Ireland - "do everything possible" to avoid road accidents.

    He says injuries from accidents may not receive normal levels of care.

    "If walking or cycling, don’t be lulled into complacency by the quiet roads.

    Robin Swann

    "And if you have to drive, fight any temptation to increase your speed because there’s no traffic around."

    In addition to the road safety warning, Mr Swann urges parents to be "ultra-careful" and to supervise their children at all times.

    “Playing at home is obviously vital for children but injuries from the likes of trampolines are commonplace," the minister says.

    He added that DIY jobs involving heights or potentially dangerous equipment should also be avoided "until more normal times return".

  18. Lockdown? What lockdown? - the set-up in Sweden

    This could be the first weekend, possibly in Northern Ireland's history, that nobody has gone out to a bar or restaurant.

    Over in Sweden, things are pretty different.

    People sitting on a park bench in Sweden

    While swathes of Europe's population endure lockdown conditions in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, it stands almost alone in allowing life to go on much closer to normal.

    Read more about the unique set-up here.

  19. Air traffic control welcomes flight back

    Air traffic control in Dublin had this welcome for the plane carrying protective equipment back from China when it arrived earlier today.

    View more on twitter