Coronavirus LIVE: First confirmed Covid-19 case in Sheffield as UK number soars to 590

The first case of coronavirus in Sheffield has been confirmed, with other cases already known about in Barnsley, Rotherham, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 8:07 am

13 cases of coronavirus have now been reported across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The total number of cases worldwide stood at 126,258 this morning (March 12) with 4,638 deaths.

In the UK 10 people have died, with two other Britons dying overseas. The total number of cases in the UK is 590.

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Coronavirus LIVE: Three confirmed cases in Sheffield as UK number stands at 590

Last updated: Thursday, 12 March, 2020, 14:14

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  • Two more cases of coronavirus in Sheffield are confirmed
  • Number of cases in the UK stands at 590
  • Stay at home with even mild symptoms, people are told, as UK moves into 'delay' phase
  • America bans travel from Europe
  • Japan 'must prepare itself' for the potential cancellation of the Olympic games

One coronavirus case is confirmed in Sheffield

The first case of coronavirus in Sheffield has been confirmed by Public Health England today. Read more here...

Summary of coronavirus news from around the world

The worldwide total number of cases stands at 126,258. 4,638 people have died. In the UK there are 460 cases and 8 people have died. A further 2 UK citizens have died abroad in Bali and Japan.

US President Donald Trump introduced a total travel ban from all European countries except for those in the UK. The ban will last for 30 days and does not extend to trade. The move failed to combat heavy losses on US financial markets.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have both tested positive for Covid-19. The say they contracted it while filming in Australia.

Mainland China reported 15 new infections, eight of which are in Hubei. There have been 11 new deaths, ten of which were in Hubei.

The NBA has suspended all games indefinitely.

Japan has been told to prepare for the possibility that the Olympic games, which are due to start on July 24, may not go ahead.

The St Patrick's Day parade in New York has been cancelled for the first time in 250 years.

UK expected to move into 'delay' phase

Boris Johnson is expected to accept that the coronavirus outbreak can no longer be contained in the UK, signalling the start of the next phase in the battle against Covid-19, Press Association reports.

The Prime Minister will chair a Cobra meeting at lunchtime on Thursday where ministers are expected to agree to move into the "delay" stage of the process

Moving to delay would mean social distancing measures could be brought in, such as restricting public gatherings and issuing more widespread advice to stay at home.

How Sheffield coronavirus patient will be treated as first Covid-19 case confirmed

Public health officials are contacting those who have been in contact with the confirmed coronavirus case in Sheffield.

UK paramedic tests positive for Covid-19

A paramedic for East of England ambulance service has tested positive for coronavirus.

A spokesperson for the NHS said: “The Chief Medical Officer today confirmed a further case of Covid-19 who is a resident of Hertfordshire and a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST).

“There are well-established procedures that are being followed in a case such as this and the NHS and Public Health England are taking all necessary steps to manage the situation.”

NHS doctors told to change the way they work to cope with 'abnormal emergency situation'

Chief medical officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have advised doctors to change the way they work in order to cope with the 'very abnormal emergency situation' they are facing due to coronavirus.

In a letter to all doctors they warned that the NHS staff shortages would be exacerbated as coronavirus "becomes an established significant epidemic in the UK".

The letter warns that doctors "need to be flexible in what they do" and may be required to temporarily work in “unfamiliar circumstances or surroundings", or in "clinical areas outside their usual practice for the benefit of patients and the population as a whole”.

Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty tweeted the full letter here:

India has banned all tourists

India has imposed a one-month ban on all travel into the country from foreign nationals in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus.

This includes foreign nationals of Indian origin, who are normally allowed to enter the country without a visa as 'Persons of Indian Origin'.

Diplomats and officials are exempt from the ban. 

The impact will be felt most severely by the Indian diaspora, who live outside of India who go back to the country to visit family and attend events.

Sheffield hospital bosses urge visitors to stop stealing hand gel amid coronavirus panic

Healthcare bosses in Sheffield have urged visitors to stop stealing hand sanitiser gel from hospitals and doctors surgeries.

The Health Care Surgery addresses coronavirus rumours after first confirmed case in Sheffield

A Sheffield medical practice has moved to address rumours that a patient at the surgery has contracted coronavirus.

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