Coronavirus in Sheffield live updates: UK to hold one minute's silence in honour of key workers who have died from coronavirus

Good morning on Tuesday, April 28. We will be bringing you the latest updates on coronavirus from across South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK as we get them.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 3:53 pm

The UK will hold a national minute’s silence in tribute to the frontline workers who have lost their lives to the coronavirus crisis at 11am today.

More than 90 NHS and social care workers have died during the pandemic.

Mr Johnson returned to Downing Street on Monday, after he beat Covid-19.

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More than 90 NHS and social care workers have lost their lives during the pandemic.

The Prime Minister first said he tested positive for Covid-19 on March 27, and was admitted to hospital on April 5 after his condition deteriorated.

On Monday, April 27, figures from NHS England confirmed that a total of 422 people who had tested positive for coronavirus have died across South Yorkshire’s hospital trusts.

Across the region the number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 3,528.

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Live coronavirus updates from across South Yorkshire: Tuesday, April 28th

Last updated: Tuesday, 28 April, 2020, 14:52

  • 16 more coronavirus deaths across South Yorkshire with 438 total lives lost in the region
  • Sheffield's coronavirus death toll increased by two, making the number of lives lost 195
  • A further six people from Barnsley have died from coronavirus, bringing death toll in the town up to 69
  • Another five people from Doncaster have died, increasing the total deaths in the town to 79
  • In Rotherham, three more people have died from Covid-19, making the total deaths 95
  • Boris Johnson held one minute's silence in memory of key workers who have died
  • The number of coronavirus cases in South Yorkshire increased by 70 yesterday
  • There are now 3,528 confirmed Covid-19 cases across the county
  • Sheffield medical students graduate early to join NHS workers on the front line
  • Teacher raises over £5,000 to provide essentials for struggling families during lockdown
  • Iconic Sheffield music venue appeals for funds to stay afloat
  • Scottish government urges people to wear face masks

16 more coronavirus related deaths across South Yorkshire

There have been 16 more deaths in South Yorkshire's NHS trusts due to the coronavirus. 

A total of 438 people who tested positive for coronavirus have now lost their lives across South Yorkshire's hospital trusts.

According NHS England figures released on Tuesday, April 28, the breakdown of the number of deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus at South Yorkshire hospitals is as follows.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

Total number of deaths at the trust: 195

Number of deaths announced on April 28: 2

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 

Total number of deaths at the trust: 69

Number of deaths announced on April 28: 6

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Total number of deaths at the trust: 79

Number of deaths announced on April 28: 5

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Total number of deaths at the trust: 95

Number of deaths announced on April 28: 3

Coronavirus death toll increase by 552

NHS England have confirmed that a further 552 people have died in its trusts after testing positive for coronaviurs.

The total number of deaths in England now stands at 19,301.

The ages of the 552 who sadly lost their lives range between 36 and 99 with 38 people having no known underlying health conditions. 

No travel to seaside towns "for some time to come"

Michael Gove has advised the public that they will not be able to visit seaside resorts "for some time to come".

Tory Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay) said: "Would the Secretary of State join me in thanking the Devon and Cornwall Police for their proactive approach in preventing people travelling to Cornwall for non-essential purposes including to visit their second homes and for a holiday.

"One of the biggest concerns of people in Cornwall is that as we start to ease the lockdown we will start to see an influx of people coming to Cornwall and risk another wave.

"So can my right honourable friend assure me that as the Government considers lifting the restrictions it will come with clear and enforceable travel restrictions to prevent this from happening?"

Mr Gove replied: "My honourable friend is right, Cornwall is beautiful, visiting it is a pleasure, but at the moment and for some time to come, don't."

More than 3,000 fines handed out by police for social distancing offences

Michael Gove  has said that a total of 3,203 fines were handed out to people who flouted social distancing rules between March 27 and April 13.

He said: "Our police have been working hard to keep people safe, while enforcing the new measures the Prime Minister put in place just over a month ago.

"They've issued 3,203 fines between March 27 and April 13 to those who have flouted social distancing rules and this number will of course have increased considerably since then, all dedicated to helping save lives and protecting the NHS."

Scottish government encourages people to wear face masks to combat coronavirus

The Scottish government is urging people to wear a mask that covers their face while in public. 

It's after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed there was potentially “some benefit” in having a protective barrier while shopping and on public transport - where it is harder to keep a two metre safe gap.

She said the masks would not be  "a substitute" for abiding by existing coronavirus measures. 

This government guidance is advisory and will not be enforced by police. 

Iconic Sheffield music venue appeals for urgent funds needed to survive lockdown

Live music venue, The Leadmill is one of the businesses struggling to stay afloat during coronavirus lockdown. 

Clubs, pubs and restaurants were forced to close as part of government Covid-19 measures implemented to slow the spread of the virus. 

The Leadmill is appealing for people to donate money to help them reach their £10,000 target which would help them stay afloat while the pandemic continues. 

Half of the funds will be given to the Music Venue Trust - as part of an initiative to help struggling independent music venues across the country. 

The remaining money will go towards staff wages, rent, essential running costs and financial assistance for freelance DJs, engineers and crew.

To donate to the appeal, click here. 

Postal workers to be celebrated for their work during lock down

Postal workers will rewarded for their hard work and the vital role they continue to play in helping the nation battle coronavirus.

The annual National Postal Workers Day,  set to take place on Wednesday celebrates the work of members from the Communication Workers Union (CWU).

But this year, the union hopes to pay tribute to the hard work and effort postal worker are putting in to help the country function during lockdown. 

A union spokesman said: "We are living in unprecedented times but one thing always remains constant - the significant role our members play in every community in the UK.

"This year we are calling on the public, media and politicians to give a greater level of recognition to postal workers than ever before.

"Despite hugely challenging times, CWU members are keeping the country connected. From delivering essential items to checking on the elderly and taking shopping to the most vulnerable in society, we have seen thousands of examples of local postal workers stepping up."

Calls to do more to protect healthcare workers

Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "I am heartened to hear how many people took part in the minute's silence to honour the memory of staff who have tragically died during the pandemic.

"We thought it was important to pay tribute publicly to those who have lost their lives to the virus, and I am proud that so many took the time to do so this morning."

She demanded that there be better protection put in place for workers, battling the virus on the front line. ed to rise further.

"An even greater task now remains - to stop more joining the tragic number of those who have died.

"All key workers, healthcare staff among them, must be afforded the greatest protection."

Silence across the UK for NHS and social care workers who have died from coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a minute's silence at 11am to pay tribute to the NHS and social care workers who have fallen from Covid-19. 

More than 90 key workers have now lost their lives. 

Rising care home death toll leads to record deaths

An increase in the number of Covid-19 related deaths in care homes across England and Wales has sent the total number of people dying to a record high. 

Data from The Office for National Statistics revealed there were 2,000 coronavirus care home deaths in the week of 17 April, twice as many as the previous week.

The total number of people dying from the coronavirus in the week ending 17 April rose to more than 22,000. 

It is double the number of deaths expected at this time of year and the highest total recorded since records began in 1993.

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