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Live Reporting

Amy Stewart and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

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    Thank-you for joining us on our live page following all the latest developments on how Northern Ireland is dealing with coronavirus.

    We'll be back again tomorrow so please join us then for all the latest news and updates.

    In the meantime - good night.

  2. MP self-isolating after coronavirus diagnosis

    Health minister Nadine Dorries has said she has tested positive for coronavirus. She's the first MP to come down with the illness.

    Nadine Dorries

    She said in a statement that as soon as she was informed she took all the advised precautions and has been self-isolating at home.

    "Public Health England has started detailed contact tracing and the department and my parliamentary office are closely following their advice."

  3. Parkruns still going ahead

    And in other running coronavirus news - Parkrun, organisers of the extremely popular weekly running events across the UK, say their events will go ahead as usual this weekend.

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    There are 24 Parkrun events across Northern Ireland.

  4. Belfast marathon organisers working to keep event on schedule

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    Organisers from Belfast City Marathon say the are working towards keeping the event open on Sunday 3 May.

    However they said they were reviewing government information and advice daily on coronavirus.

    They will let participants know if there are any changes on their social media pages.

  5. Myth busting

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    From the usefulness of face masks to the safety of Chinese takeaways, the BBC takes a look at the rumours and sets the record straight.

    Read them all here.

  6. St Pat's day parades in Omagh and Enniskillen cancelled

    St Patrick's Day Parades in Omagh and Enniskillen have been cancelled.

    Ferrmanagh and Omagh District Council said the decision was taken "in light of the growing level of concern regarding the spread of coronavirus".

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    Council chairwoman Siobhán Currie said it was a "precautionary measure."

    Feargal Shannon, from the group that organises the Enniskillen parade, said it was a "great disappointment" that the planned events would not go ahead.

  7. Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games called off

    The Special Olympics Ireland Winter Games, which were due to take place in Northern Ireland next week (20-22 March), have been postponed because of coronavirus.

    “This is very disappointing news for everyone, especially our athletes who have been looking forward to these Games for some time," said Matt English, CEO of Special Olympics Ireland.

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    "It is our intention to reschedule the event towards the end of the year.

    “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has already put in so much work on these Games for their support.”

  8. Windsor Park deep clean under way

    More on that news of a Linfield player testing positive for coronavirus - the club has said that the player had been in contact with another footballer from Portadown-based club Hanover who had the virus.

    Windsor Park

    BBC Sport understands that a deep clean of Linfield's Windsor Park stadium has now begun and that the ground will be closed for the next two days.

    The Irish Premiership champions are scheduled to face Larne at Windsor Park on Saturday.

  9. Ten new cases of coronavirus in Republic

    The Irish Department of Health says 10 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed.

    That brings the total in the Republic of Ireland to 34.

    With 16 cases also in Northern Ireland, there are now 50 cases on the island of Ireland.

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    Irish health authorities have conducted more than 1,700 tests.

    The country's National Public Health Emergency Team will meeting on Tuesday evening to review the situation.

  10. Almac confirms coronavirus case

    Pharmaceutical firm Almac has said an employee at its Craigavon site has tested positive for coronavirus.

    The firm said it is working with the Public Health Agency and has "performed a deep clean of the affected area".


    "The wellbeing of its employees is Almac’s number one priority and their thoughts are with this individual at this time," a spokesperson for the company said

    "The Craigavon campus remains open as does its facilities globally."

  11. Linfield player tests positive

    Irish Premiership champions Linfield have confirmed one of their players has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Earlier on Tuesday the south Belfast club said a player was self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who was infected.

  12. 'This virus will continue to spread'

    Chief Medical Officer Michael McBride told BBC News NI he anticipates further cases of the illness in the weeks ahead.

    St Patrick's Day parades have been cancelled across the island of Ireland, including Belfast and Dublin, due to the rise in the number of people diagnosed with the virus.

    But Dr McBride said the evidence of cancelling mass gatherings "is just not there".

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    Video caption: 'This virus will continue to spread'
  13. 'Cancelling Washington trip was right move'

    Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has said cancelling a trip to Washington DC was the right thing to do.

    Ms O'Neill and First Minister Arlene Foster were due to travel to the US capital for a range of St Patrick's Day events, but changed their plans.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Michelle O'Neill says it was right to cancel Washington trip

    They will remain in Northern Ireland to take part in planning on how to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

    Read more here.