Public urged to maintain Covid safety measures amid new variant concern

Sheffield’s public health boss Greg Fell is urging residents to maintain hygiene and other Covid safety measures as more research is awaited on the Omicron variant. The UK Health Security Agency confirmed this week more cases of the variant in England. The individuals who have tested positive are not connected to one another or to previously confirmed cases. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Students welcome Covid vaccine discounts

Taxi hailing apps and food delivery companies are to offer discounted rides and meals for customers who get a COVID-19 jab. Avimule Sibanda, a Sheffield Hallam University student said it was welcome news and would boost vaccine uptake among students and young people. Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among companies who will be giving out incentives. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Public health boss advises people to continue wearing face masks

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield has said people should continue to wear face masks in public places as even those vaccinated may still get infected or transmit the virus to others. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Fell said: “I have taken all my jabs but I will continue to wear a face mask.” The government has confirmed that nearly all remaining Covid restrictions will end in England on 19 July. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Public transport operators urged to continue face mask requirement

Sheffield Councillor Ben Curran has called on bus and tram operators to maintain a requirement that passengers wear face masks. The government announced that mandatory face mask wearing will end from 19 July however many Northern regional leaders including South Yorkshire’s mayor Dan Jarvis have announced face coverings will continue in the region’s bus stations. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Many young people still not vaccinated as Covid cases rise

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, expressed concern that many young people aged 18 to 40 are yet to book their Covid-19 vaccination as cases rise again in the city and UK wide. Over forty five million adults in the UK have now received their first Covid-19 vaccination does. Thirty three million have received both doses. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Health chiefs urge caution as lockdown eases

As part of the plan to ease out of lockdown, groups of up to six people are now allowed to socialise outdoors in groups of six, but Sheffield health chiefs have urged the public to maintain other precautions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Ruth Granger, health protection manager at Sheffield City Council.

Family launch legacy appeal for Secret Garden project

The family of a man who sadly lost his life to Covid-19 has launched a £100,000 legacy appeal in his memory, one year on from his death. Raj Aggarwal owned the Hackenthorpe branch of Spar, along with other shops across the region and was a well known figure who worked tirelessly to provide food and drink supplies to frontline NHS Workers at the start of the pandemic. His wife Sunita Aggarwal has decided to launch a campaign to raise funds towards the Secret Garden project for staff and patients at the Northern General Hospital for staff and patients. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Gareth Aston, chief executive officer for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Sheffield health chief warns of continued Covid risk

Greg Fell, Sheffield’s director of public health has urged families with school children to follow Covid-19 advice and issued a reminder that mixing households outside of a controlled environment is not permitted. The message comes after news of children socialising and mixing outside of school and in private homes. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Pop-up vaccination centre held in memory of Firth Park mosque leader

A pop-up vaccination centre was held at the Jamia Ghaussia Mosque in Sheffield in memory of former mosque chairman and father of five Haji Ahmed Mahmood. The mosque leader helped to set up the vaccination clinic but died from Covid-19 before he was able to receive the life-saving jab. Sheffield Live! spoke to Kashmir Malik, trustee of the Jamia Ghausia Mosque, Dr Jennie Joyce, a GP and clinical lead for Foundry Primary Care Network and Rachel Smith, headteacher at Firvale Academy. Azz Mohammed reports.