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Live Reporting

Leanna Byrne and Luke Sproule

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight

    That's a wrap for today.

    Thanks for tuning in and make sure to check back in with us tomorrow at 09:00 BST tomorrow.

    Stay safe!

  2. Today's developments

    Health worker

    As we mark another weekend in lockdown, here is a look at some of Saturday's key developments.

    • The Department of Health records 11 more Covid-19 related deaths in NI, bringing its total number of recorded deaths to 376.
    • Across the UK, there have been 28,131 coronavirus-linked deaths.
    • The Republic of Ireland recorded 25 more coronavirus-related deaths, taking its total to 1,286.
    • Irish Health Minister Simon Harris says it's "not looking good" for foreign travel this year, despite his government publishing a "roadmap" out of lockdown.
  3. Spain enjoys first exercise freedom for weeks

    Spanish adults are jogging and cycling again for the first time after seven weeks of coronavirus lockdown.

    The lockdown - one of Europe's strictest - was eased for children a week ago, yet the amount of outdoor exercise time remains limited.

    There are now exercise slots for different age groups. Most adults can walk or play sports between 06:00 and 10:00, and between 20:00 and 23:00.

    Cyclist in Spain

    Spain's official death toll is 24,824, but the rate of fatalities has dropped.

    Italy has Europe's highest death toll, followed by the UK and Spain.

    In Barcelona, runners and cyclists crowded paths near the beach on Saturday, Reuters news agency reported.

    Read more here.

  4. Blood pressure drugs 'do not increase risk' of catching virus

    Medication widely prescribed to treat high blood pressure does not make patients more susceptible to coronavirus infection, three major studies have found.

    The research primarily focused on angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs).

    The findings are good news for millions of people who take the drugs. Rumours have been circulating that the medication could increase the risk of Covid-19 infection.

    "We saw no difference in the likelihood of a positive test with ACE inhibitors and with angiotensin receptor blockers," Harmony Reynolds of New York University's Grossman School of Medicine, who led a study involving about 12,600 people, told the AFP news agency.

    In the UK, the NHS advises that people keep taking blood pressure medicines as usual.

  5. Rolls-Royce 'to cut up to 8,000 jobs'

    Rolls-Royce could axe up to 8,000 jobs after aircraft manufacturers were forced to cut production during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The aeroplane engine maker employs 52,000 people worldwide, with 23,000 staff in the UK.

    According to a company source, senior leaders have warned "cuts could be as high as 8,000, but efforts to mitigate the impact are ongoing".

    It had announced plans to save £750m but now "needs to take further action".

    Read more here.

    Rolls Royce plane engine
  6. Ebola drug authorised for coronavirus treatment in the US

    The US's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised emergency use of the Ebola drug remdesivir for treating the coronavirus.

    The authorisation means the anti-viral drug can now be used on people who are hospitalised with severe Covid-19.

    A recent clinical trial showed the drug helped shorten the recovery time for people who were seriously ill.

    Testing

    However, it did not significantly improve survival rates.

    Experts have warned the drug - which was originally developed to treat Ebola, and is produced by Gilead pharmaceutical company in California - should not be seen as a "magic bullet" for coronavirus.

    More details here.

  7. When will we have a coronavirus vaccine?

    Test tubes

    Covid-19 spreads easily and the majority of the world's population is still vulnerable to it.

    A vaccine would provide some protection by training people's immune systems to fight the virus so they should not become sick.

    This would allow lockdowns to be lifted more safely, and social distancing to be relaxed.

    So how close are we to developing one?

    Read about it here.

  8. Weekend catch ups with elderly family? Make sure they're safe

    The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) has urged people checking in on elderly family members this weekend to ensure their house is safe.

    A working smoke alarm and an escape plan are among the things they suggest checking.

    View more on twitter
  9. Why did the UK need 100,000 tests a day?

    Matt Hancock

    The UK government says it has met its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of last month.

    After achieving the target, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "Setting stretching, ambitious goals in a crisis has a galvanising effect on everybody involved."

    But why was the target of 100,000 tests a day set?

    Read the full analysis here.

  10. Police doing their 'bit' to help essential businesses

    Police have asked people to respect the workers providing essential services by adhering to social distancing guidelines.

    View more on twitter
  11. Foreign travel 'not looking good' - Irish health minister

    Irish Health Minister Simon Harris says it's "not looking good" for foreign travel this year and his government's advice was for people not to leave the island.

    He says it was looking highly unlikely that people would be able to travel abroad for holidays later in 2020.

    Plane

    Mr Harris adds that people arriving into the Republic of Ireland have to self-isolate for 14 days, with similar restrictions in place elsewhere in Europe.

  12. Network set up for returning nurses

    The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has set up a network to support nurses temporarily returning to clinical practice during the pandemic.

    It says it will be a means to access support from professional expertise, network with others in a similar situation, share best practice updates and take part in discussions on social media.

    Hospital

    The RCN says it will run until the Nursing and Midwifery Council closes the temporary register.

  13. 'Together we are stronger'

    The Windsor Women's Centre and Petals Day Care in the Village area of south Belfast have been showing their support for the NHS with this new mural which says "together we are stronger".

    The Belfast Trust paid tribute for their role in supporting key workers.

    View more on twitter

    The complex is close to both the City and Royal Victoria Hospitals.

  14. Further 25 deaths confirmed in Republic of Ireland

    There have been a further 25 deaths related to Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland, bringing the country's total to 1,286.

    The Irish Department of Health says 343 new cases have been identified.

    There have now been 21,176 confirmed cases of the virus in the country.

  15. Can you catch coronavirus twice?

    coronavirus

    It's the question that everyone wants a clear answer to and has come up in today's UK government briefing.

    Responding to questions from members of the public, Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England replied: "The WHO (World Health Organisation) position is very similar to the one we would have, which basically says we actually don't have enough information yet to be very clear on the immune status.

    "We know that some people will have different status. We would normally expect to see some sign of immunity about 10-12 days after an infection, and then a very consistent pattern [at] about 28 days.

    She added: "There's sometimes a delay in different individuals and we need to study this really carefully as we go forward. Our testing policy and the development of new antibody tests will help us do that."

  16. Eurostar passengers will have to cover faces

    Eurostar passengers will be required to cover their faces from Monday or risk being refused travel.

    The rail company said the rule for travellers to wear face coverings is in line with guidelines from the French and Belgian governments.

    Eurostar

    Any type of face covering is allowed "as long as it effectively covers your nose and mouth", a statement said.

    It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said face coverings "will be useful" as the UK eases lockdown.

  17. 'Almost 106k tests carried out on Friday'

    Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick says 105,937 Covid-19 tests were carried out in the UK on Friday.

    He says the total number undertaken is 1,129,907.

    Robert Jenrick

    He added there will be £76m in funding released to support "the most vulernable".

    This, he said, will help charities addressing domestic abuse, vulnerable children and modern-day slavery, such as providing safe spaces and accommodation, and recruiting additional specialists on domestic violence.

  18. UK deaths now 28,131

    A further 621 deaths have been reported across the UK.

    The government says this includes known figures from hospitals, care homes or in the community.

    Another 4,806 positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed.

    Stats
  19. Mass through the gates in Ballymurphy

    The churches are closed, but confessions still go on in west Belfast.

    Church

    This is Corpus Christi Church in Ballymurphy, where Father Patrick McCafferty has been meeting his congregation through the gates.

    Church

    People have been queuing up in neighbouring streets, keeping a good 2m apart.

    Church
  20. Have a question?

    In recent days, the Downing Street daily briefing on Covid-19 has encouraged questions from members of the public as well as journalists.

    Here's how to do it.

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