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  1. Thank you for joining us - we'll be back tomorrow

    And with that, we are going to pause our live coverage for the day. Thank you for joining us on this Easter Sunday.

    Here's a round-up of the day's main stories:

    Our morning team will have further live coverage tomorrow. Take care.

  2. UK confirms plans for its own contact tracing app

    The UK has confirmed plans for an app that will warn users if they have recently been in close proximity to someone suspected to have be infected by the coronavirus.

    The health secretary Matt Hancock announced the move at the government's daily pandemic press briefing.

    Coronavirus app

    He said the NHS was "working closely with the world's leading tech companies" on the initiative.

    But one expert who has advised the effort has raised doubts about it.

    Read more

  3. 'Real danger' of second wave of coronavirus cases in ROI

    Ahead of the release of the latest Covid figures for Ireland, a Maynooth professor warned that altering the current restrictions and allowing people to engage in more activity could cause a "a real danger of a second wave," if not done carefully.

    Speaking on RTÉ's This Week programme, Professor Phillip Nolan said if done wrong, there was potential to see a rapid re-emergence of the virus, as well as a rise to a "potentially very dangerous peak".

    Police checkpoint

    Irish restrictions have been extended until 5 May.

    The professor told the Irish broadcaster that what the Irish government plans to do after 5 May is critical in determining whether the country is past its peak or facing into a new and potentially more dangerous one.

    However, Prof Nolan told the programme, currently the country is in a "very stable situation".

  4. 9,655 confirmed Covid-19 cases in ROI

    The Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland reported that there has been an additional 430 new confirmed cases of the virus reported by Irish laboratories and 297 confirmed cases reported by a laboratory in Germany.

    With the latest German figures included, there are now a total of 9,655 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.

    The median age of today’s reported deaths is 80.

  5. Breaking14 further coronavirus-linked deaths in ROI

    There have been a further 14 coronavirus-related deaths in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the total so far to 334.

  6. Cross-border workers 'left in limbo' over benefits

    Both the UK and Irish governments have introduced special measures to help the many thousands of people who cannot work because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    But the financial support available to cross-border workers is dependent on which side of the border you live.

    It also depends on whether you become "wholly unemployed" or whether your employer agrees to keep you on their payroll by claiming government support on your behalf.


    Some people from Northern Ireland who are working in the Republic, for example, have found themselves unable to claim a special emergency unemployment payment introduced by the Irish government.

    So what is the situation for those working in one jurisdiction but living in the other and who have found themselves laid off as a result of the crisis?

    Read more here.

  7. 'Sombre day' as death toll exceeds 10,000 - Matt Hancock

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock is now taking the daily Downing Street briefing and says today "marks a sombre day in the impact of this disease", as the UK's coronavirus death toll exceeded 10,000.

    The UK recorded 737 new coronavirus-related hospital deaths on Sunday.

  8. A ray of hope in children's hospital corridor

    With children at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in isolation, rainbows are offering glimmers of hope for better days ahead.

    Staff and patients can leave messages on the clouds on the windows, as play therapist Lynsey Mitchell explains.

    View more on twitter
  9. Loans scheme must work faster, government admits

    Business Secretary Alok Sharma has admitted that "more money needs to go out faster" to businesses applying for emergency loans from the government.

    He said 4,200 loans, worth a total of £800m, had been given to firms seeking cash to survive the coronavirus crisis.

    Alok Sharma

    However, that is just 1.4% of the 300,000 applications that are thought to have been made through the scheme.

    Mr Sharma said banks were working "at pace" to issue the loans, which are backed by the government.

    Read more here.

  10. 84,279 confirmed cases recorded in UK

    The total number of confirmed cases in the UK now stands at 84,279.

    In total there have been 352,974 tests carried out on 282,374 people.

    The number of people who have died, in hospital, with coronavirus rises by 737, bringing the total to 10,612.

    UK coronavirus figures
  11. BreakingUK coronavirus death toll tops 10,000

    A further 737 people have died with coronavirus in UK hospitals, taking the total recorded death toll to 10,612.

    These figures do not include those who died in care homes or in the community.

  12. Boris Johnson posts message of thanks

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has posted a video in which he thanks NHS staff, hours after he was discharged from hospital in London.

    He was admitted to intensive care one week ago with coronavirus.

    He thanks medics for saving his life, saying "it's hard to find words to express my debt".

    He also thanks the country for following social distancing rules, despite the warm weather in Britain.

    View more on twitter
  13. NI sport stars suggest lockdown books

    BBC Sport NI have been asking sport stars from these shores to recommend their favourite books to read while in lockdown.

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has, unsurprisingly, recommended a book about football.

    The Lurgan native recommended a biography about one of the great footballing managers, Brian Clough.

    View more on twitter
  14. Charting coronvirus in NI

    Graph 12 April 2020
  15. Breaking11 more coronavirus deaths announced

    Public Health Agency confirms a further 11 people with coronavirus have died in Northern Ireland.

    These latest figures bring the total number of confirmed cases here to 1,806.

    The total number of deaths linked to the virus now stands at 118.

    NI stats
  16. PM discharged from hospital is 'great news' - NI secretary

    Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis welcomes the news Mr Johnson has been discharged from St Thomas' Hospital in London.

    View more on twitter
  17. Boris Johnson discharged from hospital

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has left hospital after being treated for coronavirus but will not immediately return to work, Downing Street says.

    Mr Johnson, 55, was taken to St Thomas' hospital, in London, on Sunday - 10 days after testing positive for the virus.

    He had three nights in intensive care before returning to a ward on Thursday.

    Downing Street said the PM would continue his recovery at his country residence Chequers.

    Read more

    Boris Johnson
  18. The 'eggscellent' front line healthcare workers

    The Emergency Department staff at Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry have wished everyone a Happy Easter and reminded them to stay indoors.

    View more on twitter
  19. UK could be 'worst affected' country in Europe

    The UK's death toll from coronavirus could be the worst in Europe, one of the UK government's senior scientific advisers has said.

    Wellcome Trust director Sir Jeremy Farrar told the BBC the UK was likely to be "one of the worst, if not the worst affected country in Europe".

    Coronavirus testing

    In response, Business Secretary Alok Sharma said countries were on "different trajectories".

    It comes as UK deaths from the virus are expected to pass 10,000 on Sunday.

    Read more