LiveCoronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: Death toll rises to 51 | 833 cases now confirmed in city | Police respond to photos of groups flouting rules

The coronavirus death toll in Sheffield now stands at 51, after COVID-19 claimed another four lives.

Monday, 6th April 2020, 3:07 pm
A sign at the playground in Crookes Valley Park, Sheffield, which has been closed due to coronavirus

There have been 833 confirmed cases in the city, following a daily rise of 103, as the Government seeks to ramp up testing for the disease.

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Boris Johnson remains in hospital with coronavirus, having been admitted yesterday with ‘persisent symptoms’ including a temperature, but Conservative colleagues insist the Prime Minister is still well enough to run the country.

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CORONAVIRUS LIVE: Latest developments in Sheffield and further afield

Last updated: Monday, 06 April, 2020, 16:58

  • Death toll in Sheffield rises to 51, with the virus now having claimed 4,897 lives across England
  • Number of confirmed cases in Sheffield rises from 833 to 882
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital, where he was taken for tests after failing to shake off coronavirus symptoms

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Sheffield near 900 mark

Nearly 900 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in Sheffield, after another 49 cases were confirmed.

The total rose from 833 to 882 in the latest figures announced by Public Health England this afternoon, a much smaller increase than the 103 recorded yesterday.

Sheffield still has the fourth most confirmed cases outside of London, behind only Birmingham, Hampshire and Surrey.

However, these figures have been criticised as 'misleading' since they depend on the amount of testing taking place in different regions and do not necessarily reflect the spread of the virus in that area.

UK coronavirus death toll rises by 439

The UK coronavirus death toll has risen by 439 to 5,373.

There have now been 51,608 confirmed cases across the country, after another 3,802 people tested positive for COVID-19.

Four more coronavirus deaths in Sheffield

Four more deaths have been confirmed in Sheffield, taking the total number of patients in the city who have died after contracting coronavirus to 51.

Of those, 50 were patients of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, while the other person was being cared for by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Across England, the death toll now stands at 4,897.

NHS volunteer army ready to begin work

Good Samaritans who answered the call for volunteers to support the NHS in its fight against coronavirus are set to begin work today.

The NHS called for 250,000 volunteers but more than three times that number signed up in just four days.

NHS England today said the Royal Voluntary Service, which is coordinating the scheme, will have completed checks for all applications by the end of Tuesday.

From today, it said volunteers would start helping 2.5 million at risk people by delivering medicines from pharmacies, driving patients to appointments, bringing them home from hospital, calling to check on those who are self-isolating and transporting medical supplies for the NHS.

Approved volunteers will be offered tasks via the GoodSAM app from today, with more requests expected over the coming weeks as referrals ramp up.

Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock, said: “I want to thank every single person who signed up to be a NHS Volunteer Responder – their incredible generosity means we can now start helping those most in need across our communities and, in turn, support our heroic NHS staff and social care staff as they continue their outstanding work."

Cases rise across South Yorkshire

More than 200 new confirmed cases of coronavirus across South Yorkshire were announced yesterday evening.

In Sheffield, the number rose from 730 to 833.

In Doncaster, confirmed cases increased from 117 to 137.

In Barnsley they went up from 158 to 200.

And in Rotherham, they rose from 158 to 202.

Those are the latest figures as of Sunday, April 5, according to Public Health England, with an updated regional breakdown expected to be published at around 5pm today.

Tiger tests positive for COVID-19

A tiger has become the latest coronavirus victim after testing positive for COVID-19.

Nadia, a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the USA. 

Zoo bosses say the test result was confirmed by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa. Nadia, along with six other big cats, is thought to have been infected by an asymptomatic zoo keeper.

Nadia, her sister Azul, as well as two Amur tigers and three African lions who showed symptoms, are all expected to make a full recovery, the zoo said.

'Serious questions' must be asked about why Cheltenham Festival went ahead

'Serious questions' need to be asked about why the Cheltenham Festival was allowed to go ahead during the coronavirus crisis, after a number of famed names told of COVID-19 symptoms.

More than 250,000 racegoers attended the four day racing festival last month – and there are claims that the event helped spread coronavirus across the UK.

Now the shadow sports minister Catherine West has questioned why the meeting was allowed to take place after hearing a number of racegoers have contracted COVID-19, with comedian Lee Mack among those who reported coronavirus-like symptoms after attending the event.

"Serious questions need to be asked about whether it was appropriate to have a mass gathering of tens of thousands of people while the rest of Europe were enacting social distancing and banning mass gatherings," she said.

Coronavirus lockdown measures could be eased 'in the weeks to come'

Housing and communities secretary Robert Jenrick says lockdown restrictions could be gradually eased 'in the weeks to come'.

He told BBC Breakfast there was currently 'excess capacity' in intensive care units across the country, which he said must be maintained.

"If we can do that then we can look in the weeks to come to begin to very carefully... lift some of those measures," he added.

"But an exit strategy that's sustainable will also have to be accompanied by much greater testing and tracing than we are able to do today."

What happens if the Prime Minister becomes too ill to run the country?

Boris Johnson remains 'very much in charge' of the country, despite being admitted to hospital with coronavirus.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution and is undergoing tests after failing to shake off symptoms including a temperature, but Conservative colleagues say he remains well enough to run the country.

Should his condition deteriorate and he is no longer in a fit state to do his job, foreign secretary Dominic Raab would step up to act as Prime Minister.

Police respond to photos of groups flouting restrictions

Police in Sheffield have responded to photos showing groups flouting the coronavirus lockdown rules by gathering on the streets.

South Yorkshire Police say they are ‘conducting proactive patrols’ and ‘reacting to information received regarding COVID-19 breaches’.

Officers, who have teamed up with a member of the Roma community to press home the message, claim there has been a ‘steady improvement on compliance’ though there is ‘still progress to be made’.

Prime Minister remains in hospital

Boris Johnson remains in hospital where he was taken yesterday as a 'precaution' for testing after he failed to shake off coronavirus symptoms including a temperature.

Housing and communities secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast the Prime Minister is still 'very much in charge of the Government.'

The 55-year-old tested positive for coronavirus 10 days ago.

These are the latest coronavirus statistics for Sheffield

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sheffield has risen sharply from 730 to 833.

The city's death toll now stands at 47 after COVID-19 claimed another 13 lives.

Across the UK, there have now been 47,806 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 4,934 deaths.

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