Coronavirus LIVE: latest developments as more Sheffield schools close

More schools in Sheffield and South Yorkshire have announced closure plans as the coronavirus pandemic grows.

By Steve Jones
Monday, 16th March 2020, 9:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 8:56 am

Meadowhead School has cancelled lessons for hundreds of students in Year 8, 9 and 10 due to an increasing number of staff members unable to work. See all the closures here.

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The family of a 78-year-old Sheffield man who died after being diagnosed with coronavirus have warned others to take the illness more seriously.

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Coronavirus LIVE: Latest developments in Sheffield

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, 10:03

  • More schools in and around Sheffield are closed on Wednesday.
  • Nationally, there are now 1950 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of 9am on Tuesday.
  • Dozens of events in Sheffield have been cancelled, including the Sheffield Half Marathon.
  • Meadowhall and Crystal Peaks Market remain open.


All parkrun events in Sheffield cancelled because of coronavirus pandemic

All UK events are postponed until at least the end of March.

There are six parkrun events in Sheffield, which are regularly attended by hundreds.

Stones Cask Bitter launch delayed

A statement said: "In light of recent news, we unfortunately have no choice but to postpone the brewing dates of the cask bitter. This means that the official launch date of April 2nd will be delayed.

"At this minute, there is no confirmed date but rest assured the launch will definitely still be going ahead."

Family pay tribute to Sheffield man who died after being diagnosed with coronavirus

Find out what schools are closed

The Star has put together a list of all the schools in Sheffield and South Yorkshire closed today.

Morrisons creating thousands of new jobs to cope with coronavirus demand

Supermarket giant Morrisons is creating 3,500 new jobs as it expands its home delivery service to cope with soaring demand amid the coronavirus crisis.

The chain said it would be recruiting around 2,500 pickers and drivers, while it will also be hiring about 1,000 people to work in its distribution centres.

The move to boost home delivery will see the retailer make more slots available to customers, use another 100 stores for shop picking, set up a call centre for those without access to online shopping and launch a new range of simple-to-order food parcels from March 23.

Sheffield's Leadmill staying open until 'forcibly told to close'

The venue said staff voted "overwhelmingly" in favour of staying open, and that archive items will be auctioned off to help them get through this "hardship."

75 staff plus 30 regular freelance workers are employed by the independent venue, now in its 40th year.

Small businesses in Sheffield call for government help

Do not take ibuprofen - chief scientific adviser

Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance suggested people should not take ibuprofen.

French health minister Olivier Veran has suggested that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen the infection.

Sir Patrick told MPs: "The ibuprofen example - it may or may not be right, I don't know, but the sensible thing to do would be to say don't take it at the moment, take something else - paracetamol or something."

NHS England suspending non-urgent elective surgery

NHS England is suspending non-urgent elective surgery to free up beds for coronavirus patients, chief executive Sir Simon Stevens has said.

Sir Simon told the Commons Health and Social Care Committee operations would be suspended from April 15 at the latest for at least three months.

He confirmed cancer operations would continue to go ahead and that medicine prescribing rules would "almost certainly" be relaxed.

Vue cinema in Sheffield closed immediately 'until further notice'

The cinema, located in Meadowhall, made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

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