None of Sheffield's confirmed coronavirus patients are in hospital, health chief reveals

None of the three Sheffield people who have tested positive for coronavirus are currently in hospital, it has been revealed.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 3:15 pm
Updated Friday, 13th March 2020, 3:58 pm

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, said today that all three were self-isolating at home, with none poorly enough to require hospital treatment.

“The three people who have it in Sheffield are all at home so they're clearly not poorly enough to be in hospital,” he told The Star.

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All three people in Sheffield who have tested positive for coronavirus are self-isolating, it has been revealed (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

“And the majority of people who have this illness will have a pretty mild version and many might not even know they have it.

“But we've all been to work with a cough and that becomes a problem with regards to people who are vulnerable who are more likely to have a severe illness.”

The first coronavirus case in Sheffield was confirmed on Wednesday, with two more confirmed yesterday, Thursday, March 12.

The number of confirmed cases in the UK has since risen to 798 today, though the geographical breakdown of the latest cases has yet to be revealed.

As of 9am this morning, March 13, a total of 32,771 people had been tested for coronavirus in the UK, with 31,973 testing negative, and 10 people who tested positive had died.

Two patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were taken last month to the Specialist Infectious Diseases Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, but neither were counted as Sheffield cases since they were taken there from outside the city.