Sheffield Covid-19 infection rate rising daily as third hospital patient dies this week

The infection rate in Sheffield is growing, with the Director of Public Health warning that the city could go into a local lockdown should that continue.

Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 3:19 pm

Positive cases of Covid-19 are rising daily in Sheffield, with it now being considered a coronavirus hotspot.

Sheffield’s Director of Public Health, Greg Fell, has also warned that the city could face tighter restrictions, as seen in the north east and north west, if the infection rate keeps climbing.

The infection rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people.

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On Monday, September 28 there were 84.5 new positive cases per 100,000 people, more than the daily rate over the weekend, and increasing by almost 4 from the previous day.

There were 72 positive cases recorded on Friday, September 25, 73.5 cases on Saturday 26 and 80.9 cases on Sunday, September 27.

These are the highest figures in the city since lockdown earlier this year and is considerably higher than the England average of 56.6.

According to a university study, Sheffield is now a coronavirus hotspot as it has more than 50 cases per 100,000 people regularly.

New laws have come into play today across the country to try and fight the spread of the virus and decrease the infection rate, and breaking the new self-isolation laws could now land you with a fine of up to £10,000.

There have been reported cases at Sheffield Hallam University, and should they rise a Scotland-style implementation of tighter restrictions for students in the city may occur.

Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis is warning of a potential local lockdown.

Dan Jarvis said on Sheffield City Region: “Across the North, case numbers are spiralling out of control.

"As it stands, cases are too high and we won’t hesitate to call on Government to bring in local lockdown measures if they rise further.

“Our councils and our NHS are working incredibly hard to manage coronavirus cases in South Yorkshire and as individuals we all have a contribution to make to our region’s efforts against this disease.

"If we don’t all follow guidance on social distancing, face coverings and self-isolation now, we face another lockdown – and more lives, jobs and businesses will be put in danger.”