Coronavirus LIVE: First confirmed Covid-19 death in Sheffield as more schools close

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

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 11:24 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.

Keep up-to-date with developments on our live blog.

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Coronavirus LIVE: Latest developments in Sheffield

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 March, 2020, 16:32

  • More schools in and around Sheffield are closed on Wednesday.
  • Nationally, there are now 2,626 confirmed cases - a rise of 676 in the last 24 hours.
  • Dozens of events in Sheffield have been cancelled, including the Sheffield Half Marathon.
  • Meadowhall and Crystal Peaks Market remain open.

Coronavirus death toll now stands at 104

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has now reached 104, according to NHS England. 32 more people who tested positive for the disease  have died since yesterday.

Weatherspoons pubs to remain open

All Weatherspoons pubs will remain open, but customers will pay by card, avoid standing at the bar and sit at alternate tables. 

ITV to scale back production

ITV has joined the BBC in scaling back some of its production in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including postponing the final and semi-final of The Voice.

The broadcaster also announced plans for a new weekly Monday night show called Coronavirus Report.

New Sheffield supermarket delays opening because of coronavirus

A new supermarket set to open in Sheffield next week has delayed its opening amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Heron Foods on Birley Moor Road - which was set to open next Thursday - said goodie bags intended for the shops first customers will now be donated to Gleadless Valley Foodbank.

A new store opening date "will be confirmed in the near future," Heron Foods’ managing director Tony Dobbs said. 

Sheffield's Leadmill to start selling toilet roll

The venue, located next to a Spar store which sold individual rolls for £1, described the act of profiteering from a "horrible crisis" as "really upsetting". You can now pre-order packs of 4 from their website. 

The venue has purchased the rolls from their wholesale supplier. 

Prime Minister to chair Cobra meeting on Wednesday afternoon before his daily press conference.

The closure of schools is likely to be on the agenda after the Scottish and Welsh governments announced schools would close. 

UK cases rise to 2,626 - 676 new cases in last 24 hours

The figures were provided by Public Health England in their daily update.

Roadworks could be delayed by coronavirus, Sheffield City Council says

Some highway maintenance services may be delayed so the Council can  prioritise emergency, critical and key activities, the authority has said. 

A statement said: "The health of our workforce remains a top priority and we are taking all necessary steps to ensure staff are supported during this time. Undoubtedly, we expect the current situation will have an impact on our ability to deliver services at the same capacity and so, our programme will be subject to change with a focus on delivering works that are critical, first and foremost."

25,000 to be tested daily for coronavirus

Boris Johnson has said 25,000 people will be tested daily for coronavirus at PMQs this afternoon. 

Boris Johnson confirms legislation will be brought forward to help protect private renters from eviction

He said: "I can indeed confirm that we will be bringing forward legislation to protect private renters from eviction, that is one thing we will do, but it is also important as we legislate that we do not simply pass on the problem so we'll also be taking steps to protect other actors in the economy."

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