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Live Reporting

Amy Stewart, David Wilson, Niall Glynn, Nuala McCann and Colm Kelpie

All times stated are UK

  1. That's it for the evening

    We're going to press pause on these minute-by-minute updates and say goodnight.

    With people still taking in the news that the UK Prime Minister has been admitted to intensive care with Covid-19, you'll continue to find the latest news and reaction on our website throughout the night.

    We'll be back here with another live page with all Tuesday's developments from 07:30 BST.

    As Easter approaches, our first and deputy first ministers are urging everybody to stick to the social distancing rules - for everyone's sake, don't let your guard down.

    #stayhome; #staysafe, #washyourhands

    Please join us again tomorrow.

  2. How things stand

    If you're catching up on the latest in the coronavirus crisis, here are some of today's key developments:

  3. Why sharing misleading advice is harmful

    It's not just the spread of the virus we should be concerned about - there's lots of misleading coronavirus advice being shared on social media and in private messages too.

    The BBC's Zeinab Badawi explains how to check whether what you're about to forward is real or fake, and how to slow the online spread of falsehoods which could put lives at risk.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: How can you stop the spread of misinformation?
  4. 'Sometimes politics must come second'

    Northern Ireland comedian Jake O'Kane sums up the sentiments of many around the UK as he sends his best wishes to Boris Johnson.

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  5. Former NI Secretary wishes PM 'a quick recovery'

    Julian Smith, who spent a short but memorable time as NI Secretary, joins those who are sending best wishes to the UK prime minister.

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  6. How do I know if I'm sick?

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    Video caption: How do I know if I have coronavirus?

    The most common signs of Covid-19 are a fever, dry cough and breathing difficulties.

    For most people the symptoms will be mild but the coronavirus can be serious for some, including the elderly or people with certain pre-existing conditions.

    Some of the early symptoms can easily be confused with other winter bugs including colds and flu. But for now the UK government is advising anyone with a high temperature or a new, continuous cough sto self-isolate at home for at least seven days just in case.

    Under current guidance, most people may not need to get tested. If you are in the UK and worried about having the symptoms, use the NHS 111 advice service here.

    You can also read more on the BBC about the symptoms and how to protect yourself.

  7. EU's Brexit negotiator wishes PM 'speedy recovery'

    The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has added his voice to the well-wishers hoping that Boris Johnson gets better soon.

    Mr Barnier, himself, tested positive for Covid-19, self-isolated and has since recovered.

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  8. Who is tested in Northern Ireland?

    According to the Public Health Agency, Covid-19 testing is performed on Northern Ireland patients who:

    • have either clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia or
    • acute respiratory distress syndrome or
    • influenza like illness (fever over 37.8°C and at least one of the following respiratory symptoms, which must be of acute onset: persistent cough (with or without sputum), hoarseness, nasal discharge or congestion, shortness of breath, sore throat, wheezing, sneezing)

    Deaths are reported of patients who have died within 28 days of their first positive test result, whether or not Covid-19 was the cause of death.

  9. What does coronavirus do to the body?

    With news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now in intensive care with coronavirus, you might be wondering how the infection affects the body.

    While most people experience mild symptoms, the virus can seriously compromise a patient's health. When the disease progresses, it is due to the immune system overreacting to the virus. Inflammation of the lungs is called pneumonia.

    Read more here.

  10. 'Everyone in Ireland wishes Boris Johnson well'

    Tánaiste (Deputy Irish Prime Minister) Simon Coveney has also sent his support to Mr Johnson.

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  11. NI political leaders' 'thoughts with PM'

    Other local politicians have offered support to the PM who was tonight moved to intensive care in London's St Thomas hospital.

    Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aitken offered "thoughts and prayers" to Mr Johnson, and to all those suffering from coronavirus.

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    Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said her thoughts are with Mr Johnson and his family and friends at "this truly worrying time".

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    SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he hopes the PM "makes full and speedy recovery".

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    Mr Johnson was taken into intensive after his condition worsened on Monday evening, Downing street says.

  12. First Minister prays for PM's 'speedy recovery'

    Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster has sent the best wishes of the Stormont Executive to Boris Johnson.

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    In a tweet, Mrs Foster said she is praying for his "full and speedy recovery".

    Mr Johnson was transferred to intensive care earlier this evening.

    Ten days ago, Mr Johnson announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.

  13. Republic of Ireland to double testing capacity

    The Republic of Ireland's Health Service Executive has said the capacity to test for the coronavirus will be doubled from this week to about 4,500 tests a day.

    A network of laboratories and 50 community test centres have been set up across the Republic.


    The HSE has said it has managed to secure a supply of reagent, which is a crucial component in the testing process, despite a global shortage.

    A German supplier is also now analysing about 2,000 tests from Ireland each day.

  14. Help for contacting bank launched

    Online support detailing how to contact your bank if you need help because of the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched by the Consumer Council.


    Its information page has been launched as “many people in Northern Ireland will be worried about their finances and will need help from their banks and lenders to make sure they can access their money, “ the council’s chief executive John French says.

    Many banks are introducing different forms of support such as mortgage breaks.

    The Consumer Council’s coronavirus information page can be found here

  15. No longer business as usual in Downing Street

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    After very, very little information was shared today, the prime minister was taken into intensive care at around 19:00 BST (18:00 GMT) tonight.

    We've been told he is still conscious, but his condition has worsened over the course of the afternoon.

    And he has been moved to intensive care as a precaution in case he needs ventilation to get through this illness.

    The statement from Downing Street makes clear he is receiving excellent care and he wants to thank all of the NHS staff.

    But something important has changed, and he has felt it necessary to ask his foreign secretary to deputise for him where needs be.

    That is a completely different message from what we have heard in the last 18 hours or so, where it was continually "the prime minister is in touch" and "he is in charge" - almost like everything is business as usual.

    But clearly being in intensive care changes everything.

  16. PM asked Dominic Raab to deputise for him

    PM Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive after his condition worsened, Downing street says.

    A statement from Downing Streets says: “Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

    “The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.

    “The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication."

    The prime minister, 55, announced he had the virus 10 days ago.

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  17. BreakingBoris Johnson moved to intensive care

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved into intensive care in a London hospital.

  18. 'Too early' to consider exit strategy

    It is too early to consider a strategy for exiting the coronavirus lockdown, the UK foreign secretary has said.

    Dominic Raab said the current measures were "beginning to work", but shifting focus could mean "we won't get through the peak as fast as we need to".


    The number of virus hospital deaths in the UK now stands at 5,373, including 70 in Northern Ireland.

    The Department of Health and Social Care reported 51,608 confirmed cases.

    Asked during the government's daily briefing when the current social distancing measures could be lifted, the government's chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, said it must first establish when the peak of the epidemic will come.

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  19. PM in 'good spirits' in hospital

    Boris Johnson says he is in "good spirits" as he remains in hospital under observation.

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    The prime minister, 55, announced he had the virus 10 days ago.

    But there is a "fair bit of unease" building among some Tory MPs about Boris Johnson trying to run the country and recover at the same time, says BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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