Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered people across the UK to stay at home to slow down the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, as the third death linked to Covid-19 is recorded in Northern Ireland.
For the next three weeks, people are only allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:
People are no longer allowed to:
“We will look again in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows we are able to,” Mr Johnson said in a televised address on Monday night.
I urge you at this moment of national emergency to stay at home, protect our NHS and save livesPM Boris Johnson
Earlier it was announced that a third patient died as a result of Covid-19 in a hospital in the greater Belfast area.
The patient was in their late sixties and had underlying health conditions.
Health Minister Robin Swann said: “My heart goes out to the loved ones of this patient.
“This is the third tragic announcement of this kind I have had to make in recent days.
“The lethal threat from this virus is very real and we all have to do everything we can to combat it.”
Mr Swann warned the outbreak could “dwarf the impact of the Troubles”.
It comes after Northern Ireland’s first minister and deputy first minister urged non-essential workplaces to send their staff home if they could not social distance, warning they would soon have powers to enforce public health guidance.
At the daily Executive press conference both the DUP leader and Sinn Fein vice president emphasised how critical this week was to slow the spread of the virus and reduce the impact on the health service.
Mrs Foster said anyone not following the advice of the health authorities risked “a wave of deaths” as hospitals become overwhelmed.
Mrs Foster said “these are abnormal times requiring us to change our behaviour”.
We will, as other governments have done, use legislation to enforce social distancingArlene Foster
“Unfortunately over the weekend we have seen individuals right across NI who are not heeding the advice on social distancing, in shops, on beaches, in holiday home parks and on our streets,” she said.
“By failing to implement social distancing and congregating on our streets they are putting their own and others lives at great risk.
“If you or anyone in your household has the symptoms of a high temperature and or a new continuous cough then you need to self-isolate now and stay at home for 14 days.”
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said this week was the time the most people with the virus - and did not know it - would pass it on.
“We need everyone to put their shoulder to the wheel, “ she said.
“Only essential services should be in operation. We will take emergency powers and that will be in place soon. That will make sure that we are able to act where people aren’t acting.
“We will have the ability to move and be more stringent if it is necessary.”
Close down all non-essential services immediately and be part of the effortMichelle O’Neill
Mrs O’Neill added: “People should be assured that every single thing we are doing is about protecting lives. The powers that we seek are quite draconian powers but they are necessary in order to get us through what is an emergency situation.”
Both ministers urged people not to panic buy and leave others without.
It comes as the health service is to write to 40,000 people in Northern Ireland warning them they are particularly vulnerable because of their underlying health issues and to shield themselves from the virus.
Here’s how Monday’s events unfolded:
The past few weeks have been some of the most difficult in living memory. We are in the midst of a global health and economic crisis, the scale of which seemed unimaginable only a few months ago.