Covid-19

Sheffield universities move most teaching online

Sheffield Hallam University has moved most of its teaching online, student union president, Andrew Adegbola, has told Sheffield Live! Earlier this week the University of Sheffield suspended all face to face teaching in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19 among students and staff. Both universities have recorded nearly a thousand positive cases since the return of students two weeks ago. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Early closure will put jobs and pubs at risk say owners

Pub landlords in Sheffield are worried their businesses will not survive if the early closing restrictions continue for long. Last week the government ordered all pubs, bars and restaurants to shut at 10pm in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Barrington Spence, owner of Barry’s on London Road and Jonathan Daniel Leigh, supervisor at the Rutland Arms on Brown Street told Sheffield Live! there should be more support from the government to help businesses. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Covid cases rise amidst rule of six confusion

With local lockdowns in force across much of the north of England there is growing concern that frequently changing guidelines are causing confusion. In Sheffield, according to Greg Fell, director for public health, there has been a worrying increase in hospital admissions with most cases coming from household transmissions Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

More funding for Sheffield care homes

Sheffield Council has announced it will be providing more funding to care homes in the city to help the fight against Covid-19. The local authority says it will deliver the additional funding that has been announced by the government in the last week. Sheffield Live! reporter spoke to Councillor George Lindars-Hammond, cabinet member for health and social care.

Covid cases spike in Sharrow and Broomhall

There has been a rise in Covid-19 cases in Sheffield in the last week with significant spikes in Sharrow and Broomhall. Schools have also seen new Covid-19 cases with Meersbrook Primary School being the most recent to send children home. Greg Fell, Sheffield’s Director of Public Health told Sheffield Live the increases relate mainly to younger people aged 20 to 25 and may be due to students returning to Sheffield early. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield mum’s campaign against forced return to school

A Sheffield woman’s petition campaign to let parents decide on safe return to schools has racked up over 100,000 signatures. Jennifer Dunstan launched her “Don’t Fine Parents” petition on social media and plans to take legal action against forced return to schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer’s son attends a Special Needs School and she herself suffers from an auto-immune disorder. She spoke to Sheffield Live! about her concerns for care of her son in case she catches the virus. Azz Mohammed reports.

Dozens take part in track and trace protest

Over two dozen demonstrators mounted a protest outside Sheffield Town Hall against the involvement of outsourcing giant Serco in England’s test, track and trace programme. Campaigners say they want the government to end Serco’s contract and instead allocate the funds to local public health protection teams. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Ruth Milson, secretary for Sheffield Save our NHS.

GP service provides home visits for the vulnerable

Sheffield GP practices who make up the Seven Hills Primary Care Network have set up a new home visiting service for those shielding from the coronavirus pandemic or otherwise unable to get to a surgery. Over 700 vulnerable people in Sheffield have so far benefited from the service set up by a group of GP practices and funded by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). With the easing of the lockdown, doctors’ surgeries have reopened but on a strict appointment basis. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Lucy Cormack, GP and clinical director for Seven Hills.

Support services failing for women refugees and asylum seekers

Women asylum seekers and refugees are facing multiple challenges including mental health conditions and homelessness linked to the coronavirus pandemic according to a Sheffield-based support group. In a new report, the social enterprise Development and Women’s Advancement (DEWA) found 82 per cent of women interviewed reported their mental health had worsened and 20 per cent had faced homelessness. Among the problems encountered were difficulties accessing food and accommodation and a lack of language support to enable access to information and services. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to the co-founder and development director of DEWA Ibtissam Al-Farah.