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  1. Goodbye from the Sunday team


    That's it from the live page for Sunday. We'll be back tomorrow with the latest updates on coronavirus in NI and our BBCNewsNI website will keep you updated in the meantime.

    We'll leave you with a little happy news - as of tomorrow, outdoor weddings can take place here with up to 10 people present.

    Cheers to that!

  2. Coronavirus in Northern Ireland - the latest updates

    As we come to the end of today's news updates from NI, here's a round-up of what's been happening.

    • No new coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded here;
    • The Department of Health's total Covid-19 fatalities remain at 537;
    • One more death was reported in the Republic of Ireland;
    • Across the UK, a further 77 deaths have been reported. That is the lowest daily total since lockdown began on 23 March.
    • From tomorrow, Northern Ireland's lockdown is set to be eased further.The changes will allow some outdoor non-food retail businesses to reopen.
    • Outdoor weddings can take place in Northern Ireland from Monday with up to 10 people present.
  3. Living lockdown in an empty four-star hotel

    George Bowden

    BBC News

    Durham's Royal County hotel stayed open through two world wars - but when the coronavirus shut its historic front doors in March, maintenance manager Will Whelan moved in to help prepare for a new normal.

    "To be isolated here for some people would be a blessing. When I first was locked down and staying in the hotel full time it was all sort of a bit exciting, like anyone who goes to a hotel," he says.

    hotel pool

    Will and a colleague used furniture from the banqueting hall to play table tennis and he moved an exercise bike from the hotel gym to workout beside reception. But it soon wore thin.

    "It's spooky. It's not quite The Shining, it's more like Home Alone. You can scream as loud as you like, no one is going to hear you," he says.

    Read more here.

  4. NI Assembly 'must continue to meet over summer break'

    Kellie Armstrong

    Alliance chief whip Kellie Armstrong has called on other parties to back her suggestion for the Assembly to continue meeting over the summer.

    In May, the Strangford MLA made a formal request to Assembly Speaker Alex Maskey.

    A decision should be taken at this week’s Assembly Business Committee.

    The Assembly is due to take its summer recess from 4 July until 6 September.

    During recess, activities in Parliament Buildings are normally suspended.

    “There is no justification for taking a break from legislating during a national health and economic crisis," Ms Armstrong said.

    "At a time when people will be being made redundant, having no provision of childcare to allow parents to return to work, and schools and businesses remain closed, politicians need to be working to deliver for citizens, not slowing the pace"

    She added that most politicians and civil servants are "in a privileged position where their jobs and salaries are broadly protected".

    "It would be extremely inappropriate to take a back seat when others are potentially starting to return to work or reopening their businesses," she said.

    She is asking all parties to back her call.

  5. Paris returns to cafe life with new normal

    As Northern Ireland moves through its easing of the lockdown, just what changes are coming down the path?

    Paris has seen its number of coronavirus cases stabilise and begin to reduce, and is getting used to its new normal.

    With social distancing measures in place, its cafes and bars have begun to reopen.

    A Paris cafe
    Image caption: Cafe culture returned to Paris last Tuesday and the French capital rediscovered its joie de vivre

    "I've been waiting for this," said 88-year-old Mathilde, speaking to BBC News.

    "To be surrounded by people, not to be alone anymore!"

    Public life here has always demanded a little extra effort. For its cafes and restaurants that means new rules on seating, new cleaning procedures, hand sanitiser everywhere you look.

    Read more here.

  6. Black taxis 'back on city streets'

    black taxis

    Black taxis will be back on the roads in west and north Belfast on Monday from 07:00 BST.

    Brian Barr from Belfast Taxis CIC which operates the services, said comprehensive safety measures had been put in place to protect both passengers and drivers.

    "We will be operating a phased return and our initial operating hours from tomorrow will be 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 12-7pm on Sunday.

    “Our taxis will take a maximum of four passengers per taxi instead of the usual six passengers.

    “Perspex screens have been installed in the front and in the rear of all our taxis along with plastic curtains to safely separate passengers," Mr Barr said.

    “Payment will now be made into a new payment hatch upon entering the taxi.

    “Sanitiser stations have been installed in all taxis and multiple signage giving guidance to ensure passenger and driver safety are in place throughout each taxi, and we are asking passengers to wear protective face coverings."

    Second-hand Hackney-style black taxis have been providing a transport service in west Belfast for more than 50 years.

  7. BreakingLowest UK daily death total since lockdown began


    A further 77 UK coronavirus deaths have been reported, the lowest daily total since lockdown began on 23 March.

    No deaths have been recorded in Scotland of patients who had tested positive for coronavirus - the first time this has happened since 20 March.

    However, the Scottish government warned this would be an underestimate.

    Meanwhile, Prof John Edmunds, who advises the government on coronavirus, has said he wishes the UK had gone into lockdown sooner as the delay had "cost a lot of lives"

  8. Hard-hit Brazil removes data amid rising death toll

    Brazil has removed months of data on Covid-19 from a government website amid criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the outbreak.

    The health ministry said it would now only be reporting cases and deaths in the past 24 hours, no longer giving a total figure as most countries do.

    People in coverings digging graves in Brazil

    Mr Bolsonaro said the cumulative data did not reflect the current picture.

    Brazil has the world's second-highest number of cases, and has recently had more new deaths than any other nation.

    The Latin American country has more than 640,000 confirmed infections, but the number is believed to be much higher because of insufficient testing. More than 35,000 people have died, the third-highest toll in the world.

    Read more here.

  9. Coronavirus: Who is exempt from new travel quarantine rules?

    A two-week quarantine period for anyone arriving in the UK will be enforced from Monday.

    More than 200 travel companies have asked for the new rules to be scrapped and some MPs have also voiced concerns.

    Home Secretary Priti Patel said the move would protect public health, now that imported coronavirus cases ''pose a more significant threat''.

    But what are the rules and who is exempt from quarantine?

    Read more here

  10. Lockdown delay 'cost a lot of lives', says science adviser

    Prof John Edmunds

    A scientist who advises the government on coronavirus says he wishes the UK had gone into lockdown sooner as the delay had "cost a lot of lives".

    But Prof John Edmunds said data available in March was "really quite poor", making it "very hard" to do so.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government "took the right decisions at the right time".

    It comes as the UK recorded the deaths of another 77 people who tested positive for coronavirus.

    Scotland recorded no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since lockdown began, while Northern Ireland reported no new deaths for a second time.

    Announced figures on the UK's coronavirus death toll have tended to be lower over weekends because of reporting delays.

    Asked on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show whether he had any regrets about his advice during the epidemic, Prof Edmunds said: "Yes, we should've gone into lockdown earlier.

    "I think it would have been hard to do it, I think the data that we were dealing with in the early part of March and our situational awareness was really quite poor.

    "So I think it would've been very hard to pull the trigger at that point, but I wish we had.

    "I wish we had gone into lockdown earlier. I think that has cost a lot of lives unfortunately."

    Read more here

  11. BreakingOne further Covid-19 death in Republic of Ireland

    One more person with Covid-19 has died in the Republic of Ireland, with 25 additional cases diagnosed.

    The number of people in hospital with coronavirus has fallen again, but the average number of close contacts per confirmed case of the disease has risen, according to latest figures from the Republic's Health Service Executive (HSE).

    As of last night, there were 312 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected cases of the disease - down from 346 people the previous night. There were 124 confirmed cases overall and 188 suspected cases.


    The number of people in intensive care has also fallen. There were 36 patients with confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Irish intensive care units last night and five with suspected cases.

    That is down from 37 confirmed cases and 10 suspected cases yesterday.

    There were no deaths in intensive care in the previous 24 hours.

  12. "I disinfect all the shopping... except for the stuff I bring to my mother-in-law'


    We asked for coronavirus confessions.. some of you have a lot to get off your chest.

    And some of you, it seems, got quite a lot off your chest in a teleconference call near a mirror!

    Read the guilty secrets here.

  13. No new coronavirus deaths in Scotland

    No new deaths to coronavirus have been registered in Scotland in the past 24 hours for the first time since the early days of the pandemic.

    Health Secretary Jeane Freeman cautioned that fewer deaths were recorded at weekends, and warned further deaths were "still likely".

    Latest figures Scottish government show 15,621 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

    This was an increase of 18 from Saturday.

    Woman on bike

    Because no additional people who tested positive have died, the total number of deaths in Scotland by this measure has remained at 2,415.

    Read more here.

  14. Jump to it... frog bread and other 'home-made' delights in lockdown

    Frog Bread

    From frog bread to a home-from-home - the BBC asked viewers to send in their pictures on the theme of "home-made" during the Coronavirus during lockdown.

    You can view the results here

  15. Archbishop calls on young Irish Catholics to step forward as lockdown eases

    The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin has called on younger members of parishes to step forward and help with the transition back to public worship.

    "We realise that this will happen slowly and tentatively at first," said Archbishop Martin.

    "Some of our priests are cocooning and will be unable, at first, to provide their usual services and ministry."

    Eamon Martin

    "I also call on the younger members of our parishes to step forward in helping us manage the transition back to full parish life and celebration of the sacraments.

    "We will need volunteers to assist with cleaning, stewarding, reading, ministering the Eucharist and other roles and responsibilities which some of our older members may be unable to fulfil at this time."

  16. 'We need a date and we need it now'

    Glyn Roberts

    Retail NI has urged Stormont ministers to set a date for the remainder of the retail sector to reopen.

    “We need a date and we need it now," said NI Retail chief executive Glyn Roberts.

    “With the Irish Government setting out a road map for its retail sector to reopen, the executive must now also set a date, otherwise many local towns and retailers along the border will be at a major competitive disadvantage”

    Mr Roberts said many fashion retail members have no date to reopen, but, nevertheless, have advanced risk assessment plans in place that will ensure social distancing and provide a safe environment for shoppers and their staff which, he said, would be fully in line with medical advice.

    He said the organisation had also written to the executive asking ministers to establish a High Street and retail advisory group to ensure the executive can move forward with the safe reopening of town and city centres alongside a wider retail reopening plan.

    “Moving from 2m to 1m social distancing is crucial for retail and hospitality as they reopen, and we urge the executive to look at how this can be done in a safe way,” Mr Roberts said.

  17. No new Covid-19 related deaths recorded in NI

    figures 7 June

    No coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland in the past 24 hours.

    It is the second time since 18 March that a daily update from the Department of Health has recorded no new deaths in a 24 hour period.

    The total number of deaths recorded by the department remains at 537. This figure is mostly focused on hospital deaths.

    Today's update shows more than 74,857 tests have now been carried out in Northern Ireland.

    A total of 4,796 people have tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of six from Saturday.

  18. 'Not quite The Shining; more like Home Alone'


    Hotel maintenance manager Will Whelan has been staying at Durham's Royal County hotel during lockdown.

    Across the country, most of the UK's 10,000 hotels are standing empty.

    Will is one of eight maintenance staff keeping the Grade II listed hotel in the heart of Durham alive.

    At the height of the lockdown, he moved into one of its 150 four-star rooms. "I've stayed over before," he says. "But not like this."

    Life at a hotel without the people is spooky, he says.

    "It's not quite The Shining, it's more like Home Alone. You can scream as loud as you like, no one is going to hear you.

    "Really what you want is to be around other people. As nice as the beds are, and the showers and the tellies and the fluffy towels and the robes and the complimentary slippers, you can only have so much."

    Read more here

  19. Number of close contacts per Covid-19 case has risen says Irish government


    In the Republic of Ireland, the number of people in hospital with Covid-19 has fallen again but the average number of close contacts per confirmed case of the disease has risen, according to the latest figures, Irish broadcaster RTÉ reports.

    As of Saturday night, there were 312 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected cases of the disease - down from 346 people the previous night.

    There were 124 confirmed cases and 188 suspected cases.

    Further data from the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) shows that the average number of close contacts per confirmed case of Covid-19 has risen in the first week of June.

    The average number of close contacts was under three for most of April but rose to more than three towards the end of May and has risen to more than four this month.

    The Irish health minister has appealed to people to limit their close contacts as further restrictions are lifted from Monday.

  20. Are protests legal amid lockdown?

    Dominic Casciani

    Home Affairs Correspondent


    Solidarity protests over the death of George Floyd in the United States are continuing to take place in the UK despite the Home Secretary Priti Patel and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick asking people not to take to the streets.

    So are such demonstrations actually legal given the coronavirus lockdown?

    Read more here