Twelfth of July parades have been cancelled across Northern Ireland due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Orange Lodge of Ireland has confirmed the traditional parades will not go ahead this summer.

Orange Lodge of Ireland Grand Master Edward Stevenson said the decision was taken in light of the ongoing pandemic.

He said the decision was in keeping with current government health advice on restricting gatherings.

He said all Twelfth demonstrations will be cancelled following consultation with the Order’s grand masters in England and Scotland.

First Minister Arlene Foster welcomed the decision to cancel the parades as a “responsible step”.

“The priority for us all must be public health and protecting lives,” said the DUP leader.

“By taking such steps now and if everyone adheres to the advice then we can reduce the pressures on our NHS, save lives and ultimately ensure we emerge as strongly as possible from this pandemic.”