Coronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: New lockdown measures come into force in parts of UK tonight

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Tuesday, 29th September 2020, 10:07 am

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  • Health boss reveals how Sheffield could go into local lockdown as Covid infection rate rises
  • North East faces tougher restrictions after new coronavirus cases rise sharply

Ex-soldier who served in Afghanistan hid from police helicopter in wheelie bin with baby son

A boozed-up former soldier assaulted his partner before fleeing with their baby son and hiding from the police helicopter in a wheelie bin and a wendy house, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

The new coronavirus laws coming into effect in October

The Government has hastily – and quietly – introduced several new coronavirus rules, laws and punishments.

North East faces tougher restrictions after new coronavirus cases rise sharply

Tougher restrictions have been announced for two million people in the North East of England following a sharp rise in the number of new cases of Covid-19. 

Mixing between households in any indoor settings will be illegal from tomorrow - people are currently advised to avoid it.

The health secretary Matt Hancock  has also announced  it will be  be unlawful for people to meet in a pub or restaurant with anyone outside their household.

 The rules cover a wide area which includes Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham.

The region has already been under restrictions for the past 10 days.

Making the announcement in the House of Commons, Mr Hancock said: “Unfortunately the number of cases continues to rise sharply.

“The incidence rate across the area is now over 100 cases per 100,000. We know that a large number of these infections are taking place in indoor settings outside the home.

“And so at the request of the local councils, with whom we have been working closely, we will introduce legal restrictions on indoor mixing between households in any setting.”

He said these steps are not taken “lightly” but they must happen now as swift action is more likely to bring the virus under control.

Greater Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham has called for an “urgent review” of the 10pm closing time for restaurants and pubs. He said the policy had led to people gathering in homes instead and he warned that supermarkets were packed with people buying drink after bars had closed.  Downing Street says the policy in England will be kept under review

World Health Organisation’s new antigen test

A new form of Covid-19 test which can produce results in just 15-30 minutes is set to be rolled out across the globe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced.

The antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests work by detecting proteins found on the surface of the virus.

The tests, which look similar to pregnancy tests and can yield results within 30 minutes, simply display two blue lines for a positive result.

The WHO last week approved the tests for emergency use.

The main difference between rapid-antigen tests and nasal/throat swabs and finger-prick blood tests is the antigen tests do not require laboratory processing to produce results.

This means they are able to detect coronavirus infection within minutes, compared to the hours or days necessary for the genetic tests, known as PCR tests, to turnaround results.

They are also far cheaper, with each test costing just 5 US dollars (£3.90) each.

However they are generally considered less accurate than laboratory-based tests.

he rapid antigen tests will be vital in improving the testing capacity of lower and middle-income countries who lack enough laboratory resources or trained health workers to properly carry out PCR tests.

They will also allow health care workers to get a better grip on where the virus is circulating in poorer countries, in hopes of following up with containment and other measures to stop it.

Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund, a partnership that works to end epidemics, said the tests represent a “significant step” in the effort to combat and contain the virus on a global scale.

He said: “They’re not a silver bullet, but hugely valuable as a complement to PCR tests.”

Health boss reveals how Sheffield could go into local lockdown as Covid infection rate rises

Sheffield’s Director of Public Health has set out his concerns that the city could be subjected to ‘tighter restrictions’ if people don’t follow the new ‘Rule of 6’ guidelines.  More here

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