Sheffield HOURS away from lockdown: LIVE updates as shops prepare to close their doors

Welcome to The Star’s live blog on Wednesday, November 4.

By Kev Rogers
Wednesday, 4th November 2020, 4:03 pm

This will be updated with a round-up of the latest coronavirus news for Sheffield and South Yorkshire, as well as the biggest national news stories of the day.

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How will Remembrance services take place in line with Covid-19 guidelines?

Remembrance Sunday (8 November) this year is set to be a very different occasion, as so many services have been cancelled, limited in numbers or moved online so communities can pay their respects virtually.

Thankfully there are still plenty of ways you can take part.

Claire Rowcliffe, director of fundraising for the Royal British Legion, said: “In a year where our homes and streets have developed new meaning for us all, and with many people not able to donate in their usual way, we are bringing the Poppy Appeal 2020 right to the hearts of individuals.”

‘Scrap’ failing central call centres for Test and Trace

Sir John Oldham, adjunct professor in global health innovation at Imperial College London, has called for the central NHS Test and Trace system to be scrapped in favour of handing responsibility for contact tracing to local public health teams.

It comes after the national tracing programme hit a new low, recording its worst weekly performance since being set up, with the latest figures showing 59.9% of close contacts of people who tested positive in England were reached through the system in the week ending October 28.

NHS - ‘Why vaccination is safe and important’ The NHS has shared a video on its website explaining how vaccines work, what they contain and the most common side effects.

Why vaccination is safe and important

Read about how vaccines work, what they contain and the most common side effects.

Dramatic action’ needed to reduce Covid-19 transmission in England

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said “dramatic action” had been needed to  reduce Covid-19 transmission with the current levels of transmission “unsustainable”.

The statistician and chair of the Winton Centre for risk and evidence communication at the University of Cambridge said on Saturday: “The infections are really broadly stable… but that stability covers up two things.

“It looks like the tiers have been working but slowly, and it looks like not enough really to bring R down well below one and, crucially, to bring down the number of people who have actually got it.

“If this is going to go down, it is going to go down very slowly unless some dramatic action is taken, which has been taken.”

Liverpool director of public health Matt Ashton said the city’s mass testing pilot had shown positive signs on its first day of operation.

It is aiming to test up to 50,000 people a day once fully up and running.

Mr Ashton told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It was the first day yesterday and we didn’t open first thing, we opened at lunchtime and had six of the asymptomatic testing centres open.

“We are still working on the numbers but we think (there were) about 1,500-2,000 people per testing centre, so really good numbers and really good interest, so it was very encouraging.”

He said he thought an English lockdown had been necessary because Tier 3 restrictions had not been getting coronavirus transmission under control “by itself”.

“The restrictions will absolutely help, they will reduce the levels of infection in our community because they will cut social contact,” Mr Ashton added.

“The big question is will they cut them enough, will it take the levels of the virus low enough?”

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Liverpool director of public health Matt Ashton said the city’s mass testing pilot had shown positive signs on its first day of operation.

It is aiming to test up to 50,000 people a day once fully up and running.

Mr Ashton told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It was the first day yesterday and we didn’t open first thing, we opened at lunchtime and had six of the asymptomatic testing centres open.

“We are still working on the numbers but we think (there were) about 1,500-2,000 people per testing centre, so really good numbers and really good interest, so it was very encouraging.”

He said he thought an English lockdown had been necessary because Tier 3 restrictions had not been getting coronavirus transmission under control “by itself”.

“The restrictions will absolutely help, they will reduce the levels of infection in our community because they will cut social contact,” Mr Ashton added.

“The big question is will they cut them enough, will it take the levels of the virus low enough?”

11 more Covid-19 deaths in Doncaster as infection rate rises to one of highest in England

Eleven more Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Doncaster’s hospitals as the town’s infection rate rose to one of the highest in England.

11 more Covid-19 deaths in Doncaster as infection rate rises to one of highest in England

Eleven more Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Doncaster’s hospitals as the town’s infection rate rose to one of the highest in England.

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