How South Yorkshire Police are planning for potential coronavirus outbreak in Sheffield

Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have revealed that plans are in place for policing the county in the event of a major coronavirus outbreak.

By Claire Lewis
Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 8:44 am
Updated Thursday, 12th March 2020, 2:04 pm

With the number of confirmed cases in Britain rising daily, South Yorkshire Police said the force is ‘confident’ in its ‘preparedness’ for a major spread of the virus.

In a statement, the force said: “We have extensive plans in place for a range of scenarios. These are regularly exercised and staff are trained in moving to these plans at short notice.

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South Yorkshire Police is prepared for a possible outbreak of coronavirus in South Yorkshire (Pic: Ian Forsyth/ Getty)

“These plans have been considered in response to the emerging picture around coronavirus and we are confident in our preparedness and that of our partners.”

As of 9am yesterday, 319 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK, up from 273 at the same point on Sunday, and five people have died in British hospitals.