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Coronavirus: Daily briefing from NI leaders

NI First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill. Credit: UTV

Northern Ireland’s leaders have given their daily update on the latest information and guidance around the coronavirus pandemic.

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First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill held a press conference on Wednesday.

They addressed issues including the latest developments around emergency plans to deal with the expected Covid-19 surge, enforcement of social distancing measures, and Personal Protection Equipment for frontline workers.

I think that everybody should ask themselves this question: "When you look back in this period in our history, did you do the right thing?"

– Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill

On the subject of social distancing and working from home, Ms O’Neill hss suggested companies that continue to ignore the rules could lose out on future government contracts.

She said non-essential businesses who are telling their staff to come to work should be ashamed and need to give themselves a shake.

"I would say to anybody who works to get government contracts, I don't think anybody should look kindly on people who don't do the right thing in this period, and that includes what we do in government," said Ms O'Neill.

PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne and Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd also addressed the press conference to outline the policing response to the coronavirus outbreak.