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Better Health campaign launched

A new health campaign has been launched in Yorkshire to help reduce the risk of serious illness or being hospitalised with Covid-19. Better Health is working in partnership with a group of physical activity and weight management partners who are providing both free and discounted support offers. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Peter Kelly, regional director for public health Yorkshire and the North East.

Men sought for mental health research

Grounded Research, the research team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humberside NHS Trust are running a new study working with and supporting men 18 and over. The Happy Healthy Strong project team are inviting men in Sheffield and the surrounding region who are currently experiencing or struggling with their mental health to get in touch to take part starting January next year. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Omicron cases rising says Sheffield health boss

Sheffield’s director for public health Greg Fell told Sheffield Live! that cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant are rising rapidly with a risk of more people becoming seriously ill. He urged the public to take precautions over the festive period and to take up the booster vaccination or to get vaccinated for the first time if they have not already done so. The government has announced he quarantine period for those infected has been reduced from ten to seven days. Azz Mohammed reports.

Doncaster man raises over £20k for charity

Fraser Lamb has completed a challenge to cover 2021 miles in his wheelchair, raising more than £22,000 for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital whose staff saved his life. The Doncaster man was born with a type of spina bifida called myelomeningocele and had life-saving treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Hundreds join Nationalities and Borders Bill protest

Human rights activists staged a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall to protest against the government’s Nationalities and Borders Bill currently progressing through Parliament. The draft legislation includes provisions to criminalise refugees and asylum seekers who enter the UK by illegal routes. It also includes powers to strip persons of British citizenship without warning. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Rafia Hussain and Ebrew Garnett.

South Yorkshire bus drivers vote to extend strike

Bus services in South Yorkshire face further disruption after drivers vote to continue a strike over pay. The Unite union said more than 560 Stagecoach employees in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham would be on strike until the end of the week. Drivers walked out earlier this month and voted to extend the action after rejecting the latest pay offer. Stagecoach said it wants to work with Unite to find a solution and details of services running would be on its website. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffielders react to Covid passports plans

With new Covid-19 restrictions set to come into force this week in a bid to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant, Sheffield Live! asked local residents for their views. From Wednesday, under the new rules, anyone visiting pubs, nightclubs, or indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people will have to show they are vaccinated against the coronavirus or provide a negative lateral flow test to be allowed in. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Ofsted: More support needed for children affected by Covid

Following publication of the Ofsted annual report, the schools inspectorate has said nearly all children and learners have been affected by the Covid pandemic, with long-term consequences unknown. In Yorkshire the report concluded 83 per cent of primary schools were rated as good or outstanding. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Emma Ing, director of Ofsted in the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber.