Coronavirus LIVE: Everyone in Sheffield over 40 offered Covid jab & 30-year-olds are next

Welcome to The Star’s live blog on Friday April 30.

By Kev Rogers
Friday, 30th April 2021, 9:07 am

Welcome to The Star’s live blog on Friday April 30, where you will be able to find a round-up of the latest coronavirus news and the biggest Sheffield news stories of the day.

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Sheffield LIVE:

Last updated: Friday, 30 April, 2021, 08:16

  • Everyone aged 40 and over in England now eligible for Covid vaccine
  • Yorkshire and Humber records highest covid ratesin the UK - Barnsley and Doncaster have highest covid infection rates in the region
  • The Sheffield neighbourhood where house prices have soared by 50 per cent
  • Police called to The Range as furious Sheffield customer demands refund for broken hot tub

Barnsley and Doncaster have highest covid infection rates in the region

Overall the infection rate fell across the region although there were small rises in Barnsley.

Doncaster and Barnsley have the highest rate of infection with 60 cases per 100,00 people. In Rotherham the rate was 49 and 42 in Sheffield and Bassetlaw. The England average is 23.

In South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw just under 800,000 people have received the first dose of a covid vaccine. The number of people being admitted to hospital has fallen a gain. In the week up to Sunday 37 people were admitted for treatment .

Everyone aged 40 and over in England now eligible for Covid vaccine

People aged 40 and over in England are now being invited to book their coronavirus jab, NHS leaders have announced.

NHS England said that text messages will be sent out from Friday to 40 and 41-year-olds allowing them to arrange their vaccination appointments.

It follows nearly three quarters of a million appointments being made on Monday and Tuesday after the vaccine rollout was extended to people aged 42 to 44,

Police called to The Range as furious Sheffield customer demands refund for broken hot tub

Police called to The Range as furious Sheffield customer demands refund for broken hot tub

A customer has accused a popular multi-channel retail chain in Sheffield of refusing a refund or an exchange for a broken £500 hot tub that he bought over the weekend.

The Sheffield neighbourhood where house prices have soared by 50 per cent

The desirable Sheffield neighbourhood where house prices have soared by 50 per cent

Average house prices have rocketed by more than 50 per cent in the last year in one Sheffield neighbourhood, with an estate agent suggesting people moving out of the city centre are fuelling the property boom.

Yorkshire and Humber records highest covid rates

Covid-19 case rates in all regions of England have either fallen very slightly or remain broadly unchanged, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England.

Yorkshire and the Humber recorded the highest rate in the seven days to April 25: 44.7 cases per 100,000 people, down very slightly from 46.0 in the previous week.

South-west England had the lowest rate: 14.2, broadly unchanged from 14.4.

Huge funeral procession takes over Sheffield streets for friends killed in M1 crash

VIDEO: Huge funeral procession takes over Sheffield streets for friends killed in M1 crash

Flares were lit, engines were revved and horns were sounded in a funeral procession through Sheffield for two friends who died together in a horror crash.

Teenager charged with murder of Sheffield solicitor and beloved dad Khuram Javed

Teenager charged with murder of Sheffield solicitor and beloved dad Khuram Javed

A teenager has been charged over the murder of a Sheffield solicitor.

Sir Keir Starmer said the public “scream at their televisions” for Boris Johnson to “answer the question” at Prime Minister’s Questions, telling the Commons: “The Prime Minister hasn’t answered the question, he knows he hasn’t answered the question, he never answers the question.”

The Labour leader reminded Mr Johnson he is required to declare any benefits that relate to his political activities, including loans or credit arrangements, within 28 days.

He added: “He will also know any donation must be recorded in the register of ministers’ interests and, under the law, any donation of over £500 to a political party must be registered and declared. So, the rules are very clear.

“The Electoral Commission now thinks there are reasonable grounds to suspect an offence or offences may have occurred. That’s incredibly serious. Can the Prime Minister tell the House does he believe that any rules or laws have been broken in relation to the refurbishment of the Prime Minister’s flat?”

Mr Johnson replied: “No, I don’t. What I believe has been strained to breaking point is the credulity of the public.”

The Prime Minister argued Sir Keir had failed to put “serious and sensible” questions to him about the pandemic or other issues, noting: “He goes on and on about wallpaper when I’ve told him umpteen times now, I paid for it.”

Sir Keir Starmer next questioned who paid for the redecoration of the Prime Minister’s Downing Street flat.

The Labour leader said: “Well, somebody here isn’t telling the truth. The House will have heard the Prime Minister’s answer and I remind him that the Ministerial Code says, and I quote, ‘ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament will be expected to offer their resignation’”.

Sir Keir continued: “Who initially, and Prime Minister, initially is the key word here, who initially paid for the redecoration of his Downing Street flat?”

Boris Johnson replied: “As for the latest stuff that he is bringing up, he should know that I have paid for Downing Street refurbishment personally.

“And I contrast it… any further declaration that I have to make, if any, I will be advised upon by Lord Geidt.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer pushed again on the payment for the Downing Street flat refurbishment and offered the Prime Minister “multiple choice”.

He said: “Either the taxpayer paid the initial invoice, or it was the Conservative Party, or it was a private donor, or it was the Prime Minister.”

Responding, Boris Johnson talked about former Labour governments’ spending on the flat and said: “I think people will think it absolutely bizarre that he is focusing on this issue when what people want to know is what plans a Labour government might have to improve the life of people in this country.”

He added: “I would much rather help people get on the property ladder and it’s this Conservative government that has built 244,000 homes in the last year, which is a record over 30 years.”

Boris Johnson said “no” he did not say that he would rather see “bodies pile high” than implement another lockdown in October.

Opening PMQs, Sir Keir Starmer said: “It was reported this week, including in the Daily Mail, the BBC and ITV – backed up by numerous sources – that at the end of October the Prime Minister said he would rather have, and I quote, ‘bodies pile high’ than implement another lockdown.

“Can the Prime Minister tell the House categorically yes or no, did he make those remarks or remarks to that effect?”

The Prime Minister replied: “No. And (Sir Keir) is a lawyer, I am given to understand, and I think if he is going to repeat allegations like that he should come to this House and substantiate those allegations, and say where he heard them and who exactly is supposed to have said those things.”

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