Ghost town: Major Sheffield road deserted at rush-hour as coronavirus fears grow

This major Sheffield road is one of many sites across the city that have been left desolate in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 11:31 am
Updated Monday, 16th March 2020, 11:31 am

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was Chesterfield Road, one of the main artieries into Sheffield, at 7am on a Sunday.

But these pictures of the A61 were actually taken at rush hour on a Monday- this morning to be precise (March 16), just before 9am.

Twitter user @RobinLaRoca, who snapped the images, said the area at this time is ‘normally rammed’.

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The A61 is normally heaving with traffic on a Monday morning.

The coronavirus outbreak means that growing numbers of Sheffield workers are staying home and avoiding travel to the office.

The latest official figures from Public Health England show that there are now 12 confirmed cases of COVD-19 in the city.

A Sheffield health centre has cancelled its appointments with some schools in the city cancelling assemblies.

Keep up to date with developments on our live blog.

Chesterfield Road, which is 'normally rammed' at rush hour, was eerily quiet in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.