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  1. Thank you and good night

    Rainbow message to NHS

    We're closing our live coverage for tonight, but we'll be back with all the latest developments on Good Friday morning.

    Stay with the BBC website for more news overnight - and check out The View on BBC One for expert analysis on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Northern Ireland.

    For our part, as the Thursday night "thank you" to key workers becomes something of a national tradition, we'll leave you with this photo sent in to our Facebook page.

    Good night!

  2. Worst economic crisis since 1930s depression, IMF says

    The coronavirus pandemic will turn global economic growth "sharply negative" this year, the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.

    Kristalina Georgieva said the world faced the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

    closed business

    She forecast that 2021 would only see a partial recovery.

    Lockdowns imposed by governments have forced many companies to close and lay off staff.

    You can read more here

  3. 'Ready for expected surge'

    With an increase in coronavirus cases expected in the weeks ahead, a leading clinician at the Ulster Hospital says workers on the front line are ready to deal with what “is coming our way".

    “We have been very lucky in the province in getting a little bit of lead time," emergency department consultant Kevin Maguire told BBC 's Newsline.

    coronavirus swabs

    That time has allowed staff to prepare “very hard over the last number of weeks".

    "I think the teams are well prepared at the moment. We feel confident that we can deal with whatever's coming our way,” he says.

  4. 'A Day in the Life' project launched

    A museum in Londonderry hopes to chronicle daily life during the global pandemic in a new living history project.

    The Tower Museum’s "A Day in the Life… your stories" will create a digital gallery using submissions from the public.

    "This is open to everyone, children and adults, because we are all in this together,” says archivist Bernadette Walsh.

    woman in mask at door

    She says the project is looking for people to “tell us what your typical day is like – your everyday experiences, thoughts, worries and what is important to you today.”

    "You can do this with one simple image - a photograph or drawing - or maybe through a few words.

    You can get more info here

  5. Use 'good common sense'

    Secretary of State Brandon Lewis says that by using "good common sense" and following the guidelines around staying at home and obeying social distancing "you're playing your part in saving a life".

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  6. Four more deaths in NI - but why don't the UK figures add up?

    Northern Ireland reported four deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus today, bringing its total to 82.

    But you may notice something odd when you add up all the reported figures from the nations in the UK: they don't add up to the figure given by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

    England reported 765 deaths, Scotland 81, and Wales 41. With Northern Ireland, that makes a total of 891, compared to the 881 given by Mr Raab.

    The answer is simply that each nation submits its latest total by a set deadline for the UK figures. But sometimes they continue to update their own daily total, giving a different number from the headline UK-wide figure.

    It brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in the UK to 7,978 since the first one was reported on 5 March.

    UK deaths graph

    London has suffered the largest number of deaths, followed by the Midlands.

    UK deaths by region
  7. The centenarian who beat the coronavirus

    In England, a 101-year-old man has been discharged from hospital after recovering from coronavirus.

    Keith Watson, from Worcestershire, was admitted for surgery after a fall but developed a high temperature and tested positive for Covid-19.

    Keith Watson

    His daughter-in-law Jo Watson said: "Having gone in for the operation is one thing and then when we learnt he was tested positive we were thinking the worst... but he's amazing for his age".

    You can read the story in full here.

  8. A quick round-up...

    PSNI patrol

    If you're just joining us, welcome! Here's a quick recap of some of today's headlines:

    • The PSNI is to start issuing £60 on-the-spot fines to those not obeying lockdown rules
    • Boris Johnson is out of intensive care but remains in hospital
    • Four more Covid-19 related deaths were confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing the total to 82
    • Across the UK as a whole, 881 further deaths were announced
    • There were 28 deaths in the Republic of Ireland, where the toll is now 263
  9. Too soon to say when Johnson will be back in charge

    Jessica Parker

    BBC political correspondent

    I don’t think we’ll hear any more from Downing Street on Boris Johnson's condition. Their approach has been wanting to give updates where they are necessary, not a running commentary on his health.

    Clearly it's positive news for the prime minister after that stay in intensive care. His recovery is clearly going to continue over a number of days. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary and first secretary of state, continues to deputise for the PM.

    It’s too soon to speculate how much time this situation will last. It’ll be up to the prime minister's medical team what his recovery period is and when he can start working.

    He has not been working since Monday - before his move to intensive care, when he was on a ward. He was given the red box - a ministerial box of government documents - but that changed when his condition worsened on Monday evening.

    The expectation is that Raab will continue to deputise for the prime minister. He’s been chairing the meetings. This is positive news but it clearly doesn’t mean Johnson is back in Number 10 now. He’s still recovering.

  10. 'Good to have good news'

    Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis says it is "brilliant news" PM Boris Johnson is out of intensive care.

    "It's also a reminder that people can recover more generally, it's good to have good news," he told the BBC's Question Time.

    "It's really good to know he's now out of ICU. "

    boris johnson

    Asked how soon the PM might be out of hospital, Mr Lewis said: "It's a bit early, we've literally - just as we came on air - heard he came out of ICU.

    "He'll be following medical advice as he has all the way through... I'd like to see him fit and well and back to work as soon as possible but I'm sure he'll follow the medical advice and do it the right way".

  11. 'We have a long way to go yet'

    Queen's University virologist Dr Ultan Power has praised the “incredible efforts of the people of Northern Ireland" in tackling the virus.

    But he warns we “are not out of the woods yet".

    social distancing

    “We have a long way to go yet. The problem is that if people are circulating around outside and not respecting social distancing, we are going to end up with people transmitting the virus form one to the other.

    “That will maintain pockets of the virus throughout society.”

    Dr Power says if people stay at home the “virus cannot transmit outside of the house, it is just impossible".

  12. 'Wonderful news' - First minister reacts to PM leaving intensive care

    First Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed news that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is out of intensive care.

    She says it is "wonderful news" that Mr Johnson is making progress and sent get well wishes from Northern Ireland.

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  13. NI firms involved in work to develop 'game changer' test

    Northern Ireland companies are among the UK firms involved in attempts to develop an antibody test for Covid-19, the secretary of state has said.

    Brandon Lewis made the comments on BBC NI's The View programme, when he was asked if the UK had been too slow to act on coronavirus testing, in comparison to Germany.

    Mr Lewis said the UK government was working hard to increase testing for presence of the virus to 100,000 tests a day, but he added producing an antibody test would be a "game changer".

    Brandon Lewis

    "That's where the private sector commercial companies are working, and Northern Ireland companies are working with the NHS, with our scientists across the UK, to find a solution that can give us that antibody test that, as I say, could be the real game changer as we go forward," he said.

    The aim of antibody tests is to check if someone has already had the virus, by looking for signs of immunity, whereas other Covid-19 tests are carried out to check if a patient is currently infected.

    The View will be broadcast on BBC One at 22:50 BST tonight.

  14. PM 'in extremely good spirits'

    We have some more details on the news that the prime minister is out of intensive care.

    Mr Johnson has been receiving treatment for coronavirus at St Thomas' Hospital in London since Sunday.

    Boris Johnson
    Image caption: The PM was last seen in public a week ago outside No 11 Downing Street

    No 10 said he "has been moved this evening from intensive care back to the ward, where he will receive close monitoring during the early phase of his recovery".

    A spokesman added: "He is in extremely good spirits."

    Read more here.