Coronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: Cases reach 602 | UK death toll hits 2,921| New field hospital for Yorkshire announced

A 500-bed field hospital will be built in Yorkshire, it has been announced, after the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sheffield passed 600.

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Coronavirus LIVE: Latest in Sheffield as confirmed cases top 600 and huge new field hospital for Yorkshire is announced

Last updated: Friday, 03 April, 2020, 17:48

  • New 500-bed field hospital to be created in Yorkshire
  • 602 people in Sheffield have now tested positive for COVID-19, and 31 patients have died
  • 684 more deaths announced today in the UK
  • 38,168 confirmed cases in UK, where 3,605 people have now died

New police guidance after woman wrongly charged under coronavirus laws

Police have been issued with fresh guidance after a woman was wrongly charged under emergency coronavirus laws and fined £660.

A document issued by the College of Policing and National Police Chiefs' Council today says the new powers are for 'exceptional circumstances only' and tells officers not to act unless given 'clear, unequivocal guidance that the individual with whom you are dealing either has the virus or they are a risk'.

Marie Dinou, 41, from York, was arrested at Newcastle Central Station on Saturday by British Transport Police (BTP) under the Coronavirus Act and fined at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court on Monday. 

But the BTP said that, following a joint review with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it had established that she was charged under the incorrect section of the Act.

The force said it had agreed to contact the court and ask the conviction be set aside and is undertaking a more detailed review of the case with the Crown Prosecution Service.

How GCSEs and A-levels will be graded this summer

An announcement has been made about how GCSE and A level grades will be awarded this summer after exams were cancelled due to coronavirus.

The exams regulator has asked schools and colleges to submit grades for all their students, taking into  account things like mock exams, written assignments and classroom work.

Ofqual said those grades could be adjusted upwards or downwards if the school or college was deemed to have been too generous or severe.

Sheffield man charged after allegedly saying he had coronavirus before coughing at a police officer

A 30-year-old Sheffield man has been charged with assault after allegedly stating he had coronavirus before coughing at a police officer.

Co-op Funeralcare recruiting across South Yorkshire

With the coronavirus crisis having left many people looking for work, Co-op Funeralcare says it is recruiting permanent and temporary staff across South Yorkshire.

It is seeking to fill roles across its operations, including funeral arranger positions and funeral service crew. 

Co-op says that many people join the industry as a second or even third career path and it welcomes applications from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds.

For more details about the roles and to apply, visit: 

'Funding guarantee needed to keep Supertram running'

Funding for Supertram services must be guaranteed to keep key workers moving, says Dan Jarvis, the Sheffield City region mayor.

Mr Jarvis said he was 'working round the clock' with ministers, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and transport operators to ensure the resources needed to keep essential public transport services running during the COVID-19 pandemic were available.

He said a £167 million bailout to keep buses running across England would 'help ease the strain the crisis is placing on already-stretched funding for buses in the region'.

"However, we need to look at transport issues in the round and the Government must now go further to ensure all of South Yorkshire’s public transport network keeps functioning," he added.

"This means guaranteeing funding for Supertram, which has a crucial role to play in keeping key workers moving during this critical time, particularly to Sheffield’s hospitals."

Queen to address the nation

The Queen will address the nation this Sunday at 8pm on radio and TV on Sunday night.

She is set to deliver a message about the coronavirus pandemic in what will be only her fourth public address for a crisis during her 68-year reign.

UK death toll rises by 684 in a single day

Another 684 people in the UK have died after contracting coronavirus, the Government has announced, taking the national death toll to 3,605.

The Department of Health and Social Care said that as of 9am today, Friday, April 3, there had been 38,168 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Inmate contracts coronavirus at Doncaster prison

An inmate has contracted coronavirus while behind bars at a Doncaster prison.

The inmate at HMP Doncaster – known locally as Marshgate and run by private firm Serco – is being kept isolated from other prisoners in his cell.

Death toll in Sheffield rises to 31

31 people have now died in Sheffield after contracting coronavirus, after two more deaths were confirmed.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals said that since March 17, 31 of its patients had died after testing positive for COVID-19.

"The families of these patients have been informed and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this very difficult time," said the trust's chief executive Kirsten Major.

How you can appeal against coronavirus fines handed out by police

Anyone caught breaching the coronavirus restrictions can be issued with a £60 fine or arrested.

The Government has released details about how you can appeal such a fine, and you can read more here.

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